Last Spring I planted a few fresh turmeric roots in a pot in the greenhouse and I was pleased that they grew into this attractive looking plant.
So now in the depths of Winter inside the greenhouse I was curious to see what was underneath the plant. It will survive quite well if protected from the frost and kept cool and dry.
So there were plenty of roots down to the bottom of the pot.
and many of the roots had fattened up into these thicker roots.
Quite brittle and easy to snap off I took a few of these turmeric roots indoors. I separated and re-potted the other plants so they will grow away in the Spring.
Meanwhile back indoors (and wearing gloves to protect from the staining) I peeled and chopped these three little Turmeric roots.
Added a spoonful of honey and ground them in a pestle and mortar into a paste. Optional ingredients that can also be added here are ground black pepper and fresh ginger root.
Turmeric has been used for centuries as a powerful medicine. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and is used for the relief of joint pain and arthritis.
Just added a cupful of hot milk and some hot tea from the teapot.. and hey presto! A lovely, soothing, warming Winter drink.