Turmeric is a flowering plant, Curcuma longa of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, which is used in cooking and Ayurvedic medicine.
The bright turmeric powder is a unique and versatile natural plant product combining the properties of a spice or flavourant, a colourant of brilliant yellow dye, a cosmetic, and a drug. Indian turmeric is considered the best in the world.
Turmeric has specific climate, soil and fertilizer requirements, which mean that cultivation is confined to Southeast Asian countries.
This IPI brochure examines the crop, the important quality attributes of turmeric, key varieties for the markets, the nutrient requirements, and required general growing conditions, before concluding with the recommended fertilizer treatments for optimum Turmeric production.
Authors: P.K. Karthikeyan, P. Imas, A. Perelman, and M.V. Sriramachandrasekharan (2021).
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