Many studies show that turmeric ( Curcuma longa) and its potent constituent, curcumin, can help prevent inflammatory conditions, autoimmune diseases, neurological problems including Alzheimer‘s, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Curcumin also exhibits antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal activities.
Turmeric can be grown from plants or propagated from the fresh roots available at Asian stores and weekend markets. It‘s frost tender, so grow them in containers that can be moved indoors over winter. You can also buy plants from Russell Fransham’s Subtropicals Nursery from early summer, or propagate your own from the edible rhizomes. Choose the largest, least shrivelled roots and leave in a warm, dry place out of direct sun until shoots appear. Press the roots shoot-side up into a blend of potting mix and compost. Water carefully and place in a very warm, sunny spot.