Turmeric.As the harvest begins here it is worth refreshing why turmeric is held in high regard in India.
Turmeric is one of the most traditional and versatile of spices used in Indian cooking. Its used prolifically in a host of Indian dishes ranging from starters, lentils, beans and vegetables. It has been used for centuries as a curative and cleansing agent. Since early times, it has been associated with purification so that even today, an Indian bride and groom are ritually anointed with turmeric as part of a cleansing ceremony.
Turmeric paste is used as a quick household antiseptic for minor burns and wounds. Also used to sooth inflamed sinuses and is said to help purify the blood.
Turmeric, boiled with milk, sooths an irritating cough. Mixed with water it is used as a skin cleanser.
Turmeric is considered sacred by Hindus.
On festive days, Hindu women apply an auspicious dot of red powder ( Sindoor) on their forehead and one of turmeric on each other’s foreheads as a mark of respect, friendship and goodwill.
Turmeric is an excellent preservative and is used extensively in pickles. I add it, grated, in the hot oil for stir fry, before I place in my other ingredients.
Warm days and nights have brought the frogs out leaving clusters of spawn. The carpet snake below is partially shedding bits of its skin. Unusual and with the snake appearing thin, I wonder if its unwell.
Last of the turmeric and ginger harvest is on its way to a destination south. An incredible harvest from one turmeric planted 10 years ago. From it this year alone has seen 500 kilos sold.
Happy Birthday Brother Kevin.
Cooler mornings which is the best time to work in the gardens. Enjoyable visitors with a lot of laughs too.
Bountiful produce ready for harvest. Yacons, turmeric, galangal, ginger and Japanese yams. Posting ads for sale with pick up from here only.
Know anyone who might like to purchase bulk ? E mail me or comment below and I will get back to you.
I have a good supply of avocadoes too, such a handy food, only pick when you need them, a couple of days off the tree and in a dark warm place, they ripen.
Was pleased yesterday to find two monarch butterfly caterpillars on the cotton plants. A lot fewer Monarchs this summer and autumn which had me thinking as to why. Yesterday too., the first willy wagtail darted on the veranda, tasting flying insects.
The sun has been shining which has given me yesterday afternoon and this morning in the garden. What a treat, peeling back succulents and rampaging pumpkin vines and Ceylon spinach. Finding alsorts of self sown seedlings, like carrots, mizuna and lettuces. Blushing turmeric and ginger are bursting out of the ground, ideal times for candied ginger as its not developed the fibre yet. A little bland in stir fries.
Galangal and Yacons are still growing with the yacon budding up to flower.
A corner where turmeric and sweet chives with a sweet potato advancing. Ginger in the background.
So the senate is set to change. I will miss the cross benchers if they go. I think they have contributed amply ( whether you agree or disagree with their views) by talking with and to the ordinary Australian on their particular passion. Jackie Lamby stands out, on her substantial advocacy for veteran affairs and talking openly on being a Mother.
Yacon budding up.
And the first Yacon flower of 2016.
Harvesting the ginger. A bumper crop too with rhizomes plump and juicy due to the continuous light rain we are still having.
Certified Organic Ginger and Turmeric for wholesale.
THIS BEAUTIFUL PHOTO is from the Independent.
Two invigorating days in the garden. Lil stayed and we harvested the remaining turmeric and sweet potatoes.
Brassicas and Japanese mustard displaying their colour.