Our turmeric is grown organically in southern India by Dr. Salunhke, an expert farmer specializing in sustainable agricultural techniques. It has a sweet, floral flavor without the metallic bitterness found in lower-quality turmeric, and is perfect for both sweet and savory applications, in curries and other dishes as well as in turmeric teas and lattes.
Its high curcumin content (4%) makes it ideal for both culinary and nutritional uses. Add it to sauces, stews, salad dressing and baked goods for bright color, depth of flavor and wellness.
Our turmeric is 100% lead-free. It has been tested in an internationally accredited food safety testing lab in the state of Connecticut. Please contact us for more details on our testing procedures for turmeric and other spices.
What They're Saying:
"Their turmeric made me feel like I’d never really tasted turmeric before." -Slate
"The difference in flavor is mind-blowing, like drinking Stumptown after a lifetime of gas-station coffee." -Esquire
- Origin: Satara, India
- Aliases: Tumeric, haldi
- Process: Sun-dried
- Ingredients: 100% ground turmeric (Curcuma longa)
- Tasting notes: Ginger Root • Jasmine Flower • Honey
- Toss with roast veggies like cauliflower, potatoes and root vegetables
- Make one of those trendy Golden Lattes
- Blend into a chicken or vegetable soup
- In Mahi Mahi with Stewed Spiced Peaches (community recipe)
- Pairs well with: Cinnamon Verum, Wild Mountain Cumin, Cloud Forest Cardamom
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.
First time we used this turmeric my reaction was, oh, this is different - not what I was expecting. But then, after using it a couple of more times, it really grew on me - went from different to special. It just tasted less generic than the standard turmeric you get other places - had more personality. I now use it exclusively for turmeric needs.
gorgeous, fragrant, and delicious
I just got a jar in my Rancho Gordo box of beans. I did a blind taste test vs Tumeric from Trader Joe's. Wow... This tumeric takes the prize hands down. Its like a party in your mouth.
This Turmeric is really different from the usual orange powder you buy in grocery stores. I have tried quite a few since I am diabetic and there are real health benefits for me with thiis herb (spice? Not sure which it is). I can taste it in my curry, but it does not overpower the dish. And it gives a nice warmth too. I especially like it with slightly sour sauces and I use it in all my chicken broths with fresh ginger. Jenny
This turmeric has an almost creamy, sweet quality. I put it in everything I can think of.