Turmeric, a herbaceous plant, belongs to the rhizome family.. While details about its origin are not clear, it is widely believed that turmeric finds its roots in South East Asia or South Asia where it is still grown extensively. A related species of turmeric , C. xanthorrhiza grows in Java, Indonesia , where it is known as the temu lawak. This species is similar in taste to C.domestica.
In India, it has been in use since time immemorial holding a very important place among the spices of India for its proven therapeutic properties. Its vivid, fast yellow colour made it an important dyeing agent in the ancient times and it is once again gaining popularity as a vegetable dye in todays ethnic apparel industry.
For more details on the botanical details of turmeric, please navigate to the Turmeric Botany button