What Is It?

Okay, so what is it?

Ahh, beautiful and sun-like!

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Bathe in the beauty…

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Ack! What the..??

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Reminds me of that great Twilight Zone episode, no?

Hm…kinda wormy…

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*…tentacles??!

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*long litter fellers…

She breaches!!

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Oh. No, guess not …

Eeoow!

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*They are multiplYING……….

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Okay, you probably have it now, right? 🙂

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Ah, the turmeric! Fresh — there’s nothin’ like it!

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That is the real color, yes it is! No photoshoppery  needed 😉

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*I ould just look at the stuff all day and feel brighter! 😀

Slice it…it freezes well, too…

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Chop it up!

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use it in cultured veggies — oooooh 😉 (Teach Me, Alice 😉


Dehydrate it….

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Ground it…

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*Make mustard! 😉 Nothin’ like custom made mustard — no salt necessary!

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*Basically, use it to flavor any dish. Of course, your Indian or curry flavored dishes will taste that much better with fresh turmeric!

It boasts some benefits, but has cautions, too. (Always do research if you have a condition, are taking medications before consuming a new herb; consult your doctor.)

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whew! Reveling in rhizomes is tiring stuff. So…how about a cuppa? Cup of turmeric tea, that is 😀

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Turmeric Tea

2  cups water
1 tsp fresh grated ginger, (or galangal 😉 ) Or more to taste – I like more (or 1/2 teaspoon fresh, powdered)
1 tsp fresh grated turmeric or juice (or 1/2 teaspoon fresh powdered turmeric)
Stevia, to taste (or 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice)
Juice of 1/2 lemon (or lime, other citrus; etc.)

For fresh, bring water to a boil, pour over fresh rhizomes and steep 10-15 minutes or to taste. Strain. Add Lemon and sweetener.

For dried, bring water to a boil, then add powdered herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain  and sweetener and citrus to taste.

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And, of course, we all know…

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*Uh, just gorgeous, no?

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Very fresh or young ginger is often referred to as blue ginger or Thai ginger. Too many names! Galangal is also  “blue ginger.”

If you happen across these rhizomes, try them!  😀

Strix

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5 Comments

  1. Kenny said,

    July 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Turmeric… cool, but where do you find the fresh rhizomes, and do you have any experience growing them in the garden or containers?

  2. poxacuatl said,

    July 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Are you kidding? Moi have gardening experience?!! 😉
    Hey, Kenny!
    I get them at the market!
    Nowadays at healthy-type markets; but I saw them all the time in little Ma ‘n’ Pop stores when I lived in an ethnically rich neighborhood, of mostly folks from the Middle East region.
    So ME markets may have ’em or Indian markets, too 🙂

    I wonder if these are one of those things you can just stick in the dirt and it grows? I’d sure love that 😀

  3. September 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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  4. Dakota Lynx said,

    January 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    thank you for your pix. and i thought my blue ginger was just baad ginger, so sliced it, froze it, and use it every nite in my tea. has completely suppressed my acid reflux issues. nov/dec 2012 the only ginger that showed up at Safeway and Freddys was blue inside. thought it might have froze in the ground or something worse. smell, taste, juice all seemed good and normal… so did not throw it out, but was so close to doing so. i shoulda googled you sooner. thanks again! Dakota

    • Strix said,

      January 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

      You’re welcome! Freezing ginger is great.

      Interesting it helped with reflux, thanks for that info.

      Best wishes, and thanks for sharing,Dakota :^)


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