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  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae which is native to tropical South Asia.
  • Turmeric is an important commercial spice crop grown in India and it is named as “Indian saffron”.

  •  It needs temperatures between 20 and 30 deg. C. and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.
  •  Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes, and re-seeded from some of those rhizomes in the following season.


  • The process of manufacture involves

  • leaning

  •  drying

  •  pulverising

  •  sieving & packing


  • India is a dominant player in the global market as far as turmeric export is concerned.

  • Other major exporters are Thailand, other Southeast Asian countries, pacific islands, Central & Latin American countries and Taiwan.

  •  Turmeric is shipped in the form of dry turmeric, fresh turmeric, turmeric powder, curcuminoids, dehydrated turmeric powder, oils and oleoresins.


  • In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is thought to have many medicinal properties and many in India use it as a readily available antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises.
  •  Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine say it has fluoride which is thought to be essential for teeth. It is also used as an antibacterial agent.
  • Turmeric is currently used in the formulation of some sunscreens.
  • Turmeric paste is used by some Indian women to keep them free of superfluous hair.

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