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
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.
The most amazing spices!
You have not understood the real meaning of how spices can enhance your cooking until you experience the spices from Burlap and Barrel. Each is locally sourced, directly from the farmers. My home has been filled with intoxicating aromas since receiving my spice box and the flavor is simply incredible. I can’t recommend this company enough!
Pure turmeric with nice deep earthy tones
This is the purest, freshest turmeric I've ever been able to get ahold of- it has a much deeper, more intense color as well. It provides the backbone for a lot of the dishes I've made recently with a wonderful rich, yet not heavy taste. I've so far made nyonya laksa, different Indian curries, and I'm curious to try haldi doodh, of which the turmeric will undoubtedly add a wonderful hue. I do have some suggestions; I ordered about a dozen spices (I went crazy on them with absolutely no regrets) and I notice that some of them come with a sprinkler lid while others do not. Personally some of these spices I feel don't need a sprinkler at all, since they're ladled out by the spoonful (such as the chilis, masalas, or cumin). Honestly instead of having the sprinkler (maybe put on the side?), I would prefer having the entire lid sealed so that no spice can escape while in transit (at least on the powdered spices). Once I received my spices I of course opened all of them to get a good whiff, and more times than not the spice was trapped in the crevices of the jars, and fell out of the lid onto the ground! I don't want to waste even *1 single fleck!* of these precious spices, and I certainly don't think my floor appreciates them as much as I do. The other thing is that I noticed we get some lovely cards alongside our order; if you made them into postcards, I'd be even easier to share the spice love :)
Defferent from any other tumeric I've tried
While I don't use turmeric all that often, I was intrigued with Burlap and Barrel's New Harvest so thought I'd give it a shot. It's flavor is quite unlike any other I've tried - deep, layered, and intense. Now all I need to do is discover a multitude of uses! My only complaint is that when I first opened the bottle, the turmeric powder was all over inside of the lid and groves in the top of the lid. This has occurred with several ground spices, but this one was particularly productive. Please consider sealing the tops and include the shaker top on the side for the powdered herbs.