Turmeric (or Haldi) has been widely recognised for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a powerful source of antioxidants. The importance of including this superfood in your diet cannot be stated enough by health experts and nutritionists. But did you know about the unique variety of blackish-blue Haldi? Yes, there is a distant cousin of Haldi which is called 'Black Turmeric' and it does exist in some parts of the country. IFS Officer Swetha Boddu shared a picture of this 'Black Turmeric' which she encountered on one of her field visits. Take a look:
Ever heard of Black Turmeric? Has lovely blue colour! Found on field inspection
It's rare, Ayurvedic. A powerful antioxidant, used in some cancers. Tons of other benefits. Costly too
Our #biodiversity is wonderful.
Choose local over hybrid pic.twitter.com/JnbGLBDhmF— Swetha Boddu, IFS (@swethaboddu) January 12, 2021
The incredible pictures of the blackish-blue Haldi was a hit with Twitterati, garnering over 1.2k likes and counting. The unique bright blue colour was unlike anything most people had seen, and many expressed their surprise in the comments section. Several users enquired about the plant and where it could be sourced from, while others poured in their inputs about the Black Turmeric plant.
Take a look at some reactions:
Wow...never seen such thing. How does it smell?— Manika Krishnan (@Manika1701) January 13, 2021
These are the plants of the black turmeric (Curcuma caesia) at my place. It can be differentiated from the normal yellow turmeric (Curcuma longa) by the prominent black midrib pic.twitter.com/ZwgoVjcv5p— Mahesh Kerekatte (@MKerekatte) January 12, 2021
How to source?— Sukhwant Basra (@SukhwantBasra) January 12, 2021
Looks amazing ????— Ujjwal Mahajan (@UjjwalMahajan19) January 13, 2021
Black turmeric, also known as Curcuma Caesia or Black Zedoary, is found in parts of North East India and Madhya Pradesh. The plant grows in a similar manner to yellow turmeric, with pale yellow flowers which have a reddish border. It is a rare herb which is available in both powdered and fresh forms. The health benefits of Black turmeric are multifarious and varied, from relieving gastric issues and healing wounds.
To know more about Black Turmeric and its health benefits, click the link here.
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