Turmeric / Haldi

The scientific name of turmeric is Curcuma longa and Curcuma domestica. Turmeric is the boiled, dried, cleaned and polished rhizomes of Curcuma longa. Turmeric belongs to ginger family Zingiberaceae. The turmeric plants were cultivated by Harappan civilization. Turmeric is a major part of Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric is widely used as a spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. It is promoted mainly as an anti-inflammatory herbal remedy.
It is used in several herbal remedies, particularly in China, India and Indonesia.

Turmeric powder

  • Rhizome is the underground stem, which is grounded into a powder which is called Turmeric powder.
  • The outer part of rhizome is covered with segmented yellowish brown color.
  • A single drop of turmeric juice is a strong dyeing agent. If it is dropped on clothes, the stain may not be removed.

Uses of Turmeric / Haldi

  • Turmeric is one of the ingredient used daily in Indian cuisines. No cuisine is prepared without turmeric.
  • Turmeric is very much essential to mankind.
  • It is used for treating diseases like cancer.
  • It is also used in various purposes such as cosmetic purpose, medicinal purpose, dyeing and coloring purpose.
  • To protect from harsh sunlight, turmeric is applied on the body.

Turmeric Nutritional Facts

Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 354
% Daily Value*
Total fat 10 g 15%
Saturated fat 3.1 g 15%
Polyunsaturated fat 2.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 38 mg 1%
Potassium 2,525 mg 72%
Total Carbohydrate 65 g 21%
Dietary fiber 21 g 84%
Sugar 3.2 g
Protein 8 g 16%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 43%
Calcium 18% Iron 230%
Vitamin B-6 90% Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 48%


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