Turmeric Is The Caribbean’s Spice Of Life

Derived from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa and responsible for giving curry (and everything it touches) a yellow color, turmeric or the Golden Root is much more than just an agricultural commodity in the Caribbean. With its plethora of medicinal, culinary, spiritual and economic uses, many consider it to be the Caribbean’s spice of life.

Native to southern Asia and some Pacific islands, turmeric plants are harvested for their rhizomes or underground stems. These are either used fresh or are boiled and then dried, after which they are ground into a deep-orange or yellow powder. This process dates back at least a century in the Caribbean.

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