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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to tropical South Asia and needs a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes (roots), and propagated from some of those rhizomes in the following season.
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When not used fresh, the turmeric is boiled for several hours and then dried in hot ovens, after which it is ground into a deep orange-yellow powder commonly used as a spice in curries and other South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, for dyeing, and to impart color to mustard condiments. Its active ingredient is curcumin and it has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell.
Turmeric is widely used as a spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking. Many Persian dishes use turmeric as a starter ingredient for almost all Iranian fry ups (which typically consist of oil, onions and turmeric followed by any other ingredients that are to be included).
Turmeric is frequently used as a food-coloring agent to impart a rich, custard-like yellow color. It is a significant ingredient in most commercial curry powders. Turmeric is mostly used in savory dishes, as well as some sweet dishes.
In medieval Europe, turmeric became known as Indian saffron, since it was widely used as an alternative to the far more expensive saffron spice.
Organic production fosters cycling of resources, promotes ecological balance, and conserves biodiversity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards. Organic farming excludes or strictly limits the use of manufactured fertilizers, pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides and fungicides), plant growth regulators such as hormones, livestock antibiotics, food additives, and genetically modified organisms.