Curcuma (turmeric)

During the wedding ceremony of the Hindus, the groom ties a blessed, string dipped in turmeric paste around the neck of his bride. In Malaysia, after giving birth,paste is smeared to the abdomen of the mother and the umbilical cord. This will not only keep evil spirits away, but also because of its antiseptic effect of medical benefits.
Turmeric is similar in size and shape to ginger, to whose family it belongs too. Turmeric has a peppery flavor and smells faintly of wood. The hot wort is followed by a bitter aftertaste. On the basis of the information contained in it non-toxic dyes, it is also known as "Indian saffron".
Turmeric is also part of the famous curry blends and furthermore, chutneys, pickles, spice Indian rice, vegetable and lentil dishes.

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