Growing (and harvesting) our own tumeric

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Our tumeric at the height of its growth
Our tumeric at the height of its growth

A few years back, our neighbours from down the road offered us a few pieces of tumeric from their recent harvest. Following the “why not, let’s give it a go” principle, I planted these into two potato bags.

They grow vigorously, as the photo above shows. Following instructions on the net, I let them die back over the first winter.

Time to harvest!
Time to harvest!

They came back strongly during the following summer, and when they died back for the second time, it was time to harvest. And what a harvest it was!

The tumeric roots, fresh out of the ground
The tumeric roots, fresh out of the ground

The easiest way to harvest the tumeric was to up-end the two potato bags, and to rummage around in the soil. As you can see from the photo above, the tumeric emerged as thick clumps of bright orange tubers.

Washed and ready for storage
Washed and ready for storage

In all, we harvested 2.6kg of tumeric (!), which sounds like a lifetime supply to me.

Half has been peeled and frozen, for long-term use. The other half has been stored in the cool cupboard in a sealed container. We’ll see how both lots go over time.

One potato bag has been replanted with some of the tumeric, for harvesting in a few years time. (From this year’s experience, I don’t think we’ll need two bags worth!)

Would anyone like some tumeric? 🙂


6 thoughts on “Growing (and harvesting) our own tumeric

    solarbeez said:
    July 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Great idea. Tumeric is supposed to be really good for you. Where do you get the seed? Does it need a hot climate to grow? Probably, which is why we’ve never seen seeds (or tubers) for sale. 😦

      James responded:
      July 26, 2014 at 8:41 am

      I’m pretty sure that tumeric needs hot weather, yes 😦

      In terms of obtaining it, you grow it from tuber (I think), not seed…

    Brigitte muir said:
    August 11, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Also interested in finding out where I can find tubers.. Asian shops perhaps ? Thanks for sharing!

      Coriene said:
      August 8, 2016 at 1:49 am

      I found mine at krogers and publixs and I have some growing but I’m trying to find out about how long it takes before harvest. I started them last year inside and transferred them to the garden this year, they are growing like crazy..i got curious this week and pulled up several and small white roots and orange tubers at the end of the plant.

    Drying tumeric and lemon « Lewisham House said:
    August 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

    […] month ago we harvested a huge amount of tumeric, 2.6kg in total. That’s a lot of […]

    Shirley kelly said:
    September 11, 2019 at 5:13 am

    All I have ever seen is powdered turmeric that I put in egg whites for cooking. What do you do with the roots?

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