Our exceptionally sweet, floral New Harvest Turmeric is grown organically on a farm in southern India by Dr. Salunkhe, an expert farmer specializing in sustainable agricultural techniques. Its high curcumin content (4%) makes it ideal for both culinary and nutritional uses, and it's perfect for both sweet and savory applications, in curries and other dishes, as well as in turmeric teas and lattes. Add it to sauces, stews, salad dressings and baked goods for bright color, depth of flavor and wellness.
Our turmeric is free of lead, testing below the detectable threshold of 0.1 parts per million (ppm). It has been tested in an internationally accredited food safety testing lab, and the heavy metal test results can be found in the photos on this page. Please contact us for more details on our testing procedures for turmeric and other spices.
- Blend into a chicken or vegetable soup
- Mix into sweet or savory doughs for a vibrant color and earthy flavor
- Sprinkle into rice dishes
- Use as a marinade for fish, tofu or other light proteins
Tomato Chutney with Nigella Seeds
Cabbage Salad But Cooked
Tahini-Spiced Cranberry Granola
Grilled Chicken Marinated in Yogurt
Turmeric & Amchur Marinade / Vinaigrette
Chicken Salad with Indian Spices
The Mother Blend / Madras Curry Powder
Spiced Leg of Lamb with Nutty Israeli Couscous
Barkha's Butternut Squash
Dhal (Split Pea) and Dumpling Soup with Butternut Squash
Ras El Hanout
Turmeric-Ginger Quatre-Quarts (Pound Cake)
Turmeric and Black Pepper Tofu
Kadhi with Jeera Rice
Barkha's Spring Pickles
Simple Spiced Tofu Scramble
Savory Kabocha Coconut Soup
Ilham's Yellow Lempah Fish
Sour Tomato and Lemongrass Soup with Little Pork Meatballs
Moong Dal with Garam Masala
Baharat Roasted Cauliflower
Moroccan Chicken Kebabs
South Indian-style Lentils
Mahi Mahi with Stewed Spiced Peaches
Our turmeric is grown organically, hand-harvested, cleaned, steamed, sun-dried and ground fresh. It's irrigated primarily using rainwater, which helps reduce the farm's water consumption, while the water-saving techniques intensify the turmeric's flavor.
Our partner farm allows the turmeric to go through a curing process in the soil before harvesting. The skin tightens and turns glossy, and the flavor concentrates and sweetens. This turmeric is particularly sweet. We don't know exactly why; maybe it's because it grows alongside (and is crop-rotated with) sugarcane. But we think this curing step also helps avoid the bitter, chalky off-flavors in low-quality turmeric and makes our New Harvest Turmeric so sweet and buttery.
To grind his turmeric into powder, our partner farmer drives 2 hours each way by tractor. There are other grinding facilities closer to home, but they have smaller, less-effective motors and use metal grinding mechanisms, which heat the turmeric and shed microscopic metal fragments as they grind. He prefers the more powerful motor and the stone grinder at this facility to make an especially fine, soft turmeric powder, and the stone grinding plates help keep the turmeric from heating up through the friction of the grinding process. Since it's a shared facility in an area with lots of non-organic turmeric farms, he scrubs down the grinder AND discards the first ~100lbs of his turmeric to prevent any contamination from pesticides or other chemical residues in his final product. The care he takes at every step of the process is one of the reasons his turmeric is so exceptional. We're so proud to work with him.
Meet the Farmer: Our turmeric is grown by Dr. Salunkhe, a naturopathic and Ayurvedic doctor, a doctor of pharmacology, a disciplined Yogi, a community leader and a passionate organic agriculture advocate. About 15 years ago, he realized that the connections between poor health and nutrition extended all the way back to farming practices, and he decided to focus his scientific expertise on agriculture. He is deeply, overwhelmingly passionate about his farm and his crops.
Recently, we got to visit his farm, where he told us that his neighbors have laughed at him and dismissed his insistence on organic methods and regenerative techniques for years, but that since we've been buying his turmeric (at almost 10x the going price for commodity turmeric), they've started to change their minds. The fact that we made the long trip to visit the farm and meet him in person was especially meaningful, both for him personally but also for his campaign to show his neighbors the value of organic farming.
While we do not make any health claims on any of our spices, there has been some historic and limited recent evidence that turmeric can potentially be helpful for:
- General Health & Wellness: Turmeric has wide-ranging health benefits and has been used in traditional medicine for millennia. (A, B, C, D)
- Inflammation & Arthritis: May be used as a natural anti-inflammatory and treatment for arthritis. (A, B, C, D)
- Skincare & Wound Treatment: Oral and topical applications for skin-care and dermatologic disease treatment (A) and wound healing (B) because of its natural antimicrobial properties.
- Antimicrobial & Antiviral uses: Natural anti-microbial qualities can be used to prevent pathogens, viruses and dangerous bacteria. (A, B, C)
- High Blood Pressure: Applications for treating hypertension, specifically systolic blood pressure. (A)
- Seasonal Allergies & Hay Fever: May be used to support increased air flow for treatment of asthma and allergy symptoms. (A)
- Gastrointestinal Health: May be effective in treating ulcerative colitis (A) and supporting healthy digestive function (B, C, D).
- Cardiovascular Health & Cholesterol: May help prevent cardiovascular disease and manage cholesterol levels. (A, B)
- Anxiety & Depression: May prevent & treat symptoms of anxiety and depression. (A, B, C)
- Cancers: May slow the growth of cancer cells, accelerate the death of cancerous cells and support healthy tissue growth. (A, B)
- Diabetes: May support insulin regulation (A) and management of symptoms (B).
- Autoimmune Disease: May help in regulating inflammatory processes associated with certain autoimmune diseases. (A, B)
Further clinical studies are warranted and in progress. Please always consult your healthcare provider. This is not intended as medical advice.