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Turmeric – Kamin (Wednesday Photo)

Gorgeous Turmeric Root

Turmeric Root
Turmeric root

Most people know turmeric in the dried form as found in Indian curry pastes. In the south of Thailand turmeric is used fresh in such dishes as Turmeric-Fried Catfish and also used dried in dishes such as Muslim Yellow Rice with Chicken and Roasted Spices (Kao Moek Gkai). It also appears raw on some of the vegetable platters that are routinely found on restaurant tables in the South. (You can see such a platter, albeit without turmeric, on our blog about Krua Nakhon Restaurant.)

I like this picture (taken in the Sunday market at Nakhon Si Thammarat) because it shows a beautiful root that lets you see exactly how the root grows.

You can read more about this root on Kasma’s page on turmeric.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week
highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

(As a side note, our first Wednesday photo was posted an May 5, 2009 so this is the start of our second year of Wednesday photos.)

By Michael Babcock

Michael is Kasma Loha-unchit's husband. He's been to Thailand with Kasma every year since 1992.

One reply on “Turmeric – Kamin (Wednesday Photo)”

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) belongs to Zingiberacae Family and is a perennial plant that grows 3 to 5 feet high in the tropical regions .In India it is grown allover but specially in Bengal, Bombay and in Tamilnadu .Ayurveda appreciates the medicinal qualities and color of turmeric. This is evident through the various names of turmeric specified in ancient texts of ayurveda.

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