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 free of lead, with less than 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.
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: Ground turmeric (Curcuma longa)
- Tasting notes: Ginger Root • Jasmine Flower • Honey
- Blend into a chicken or vegetable soup
- Mahi Mahi with Stewed Spiced Peaches
- Moroccan Chicken Kebabs
- Moong Dal with Garam Masala
- Baharat Roasted Cauliflower
- South Indian-style Lentils
- Shazia's Kabuli Pilau: Afghan Spiced Rice
- Ilham's Yellow Lempah Fish
- Pairs well with: Royal Cinnamon, 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.
This tumeric is great. Compared to the rich flavor here, I realized that the stuff I get at the store really just adds color and little taste
I love this spice and how vibrant and colorful and flavorful it makes into so many recipes
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!
The turmeric made all my curries more flavorful, and also works wonderfully in challah adding an aromatic, floral, earthy taste so the out any of the aluminum dust flavor that supermarket brands usually have.
This turmeric delights my palate. It is so much more vibrant than store bought!