Black Kali Turmeric (Curcuma caesia). This species of Curcuma is native to the Indian subcontinent, where its rhizomes and leaves hold longstanding ethnobotanical value in Ayurvedic medicine for both internal and external use. Additionally, the bluish/black rhizome is believed to possess spiritual powers. As such, this species has been over harvested to a point of concern, leaving the species in an endangered situation. Presently Black Turmeric is on the verge of extinction because of deforestation, unfavorable climatic changes, over exploitation and areas where it is protected have been compromised by bio-piracy. Same species as Blue Tumeric, but this endangered variety has much darker blue insides and also dries dark blue as well. The rhizomes of Black Turmeric have a high economical importance owing to its medicinal properties. Black Turmeric is Intensely bitter, making the root more suitable for medicinal purposes than cookery. This species has the highest content of curcumin of any plant species. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The root has been used medicinally for centuries to treat arthritis, asthma, and epilepsy. Black turmeric root is crushed and can be applied to bruises and sprains to ease discomfort or applied to the forehead to help relieve symptoms of migraines. As a result of these valuable uses, this species has been regarded as endangered by the Central Forest Department of India.This species of Curcuma, like others, predictably appears to fare best when cultivated in an under-story situation that is subjected to only filtered sunlight, regular moisture, warmth, and humidity. When direct sunlight is limited, the foliage retains a deep bluish green color with distinct violet stripe down the midrib.
This and other tumerics will not begin to sprout/grow until soil temperatures are 75 degrees F . NOT HARDY, best in a greenhouse or Zones 8b and above. This variety is selected and maintained by Florida seed steward Mark Homesteader of Homestead Heirloom Gardens. All tumerics are grown organically!
You are purchasing 1-2 indidivudual roots/fingers/rhizomes. Last photo is representative of what you will recieve, but is not the exact one you will recieve.
NOTE: THE WAY THIS VARIETY GROWS, WE ARE CONSIDERING 2 RHIZOMES/GROWING POINTS/BUDS AS 2 INDIVIDUAL PLANTS/ROOTS. This means you will recieve either 2 individual seperate roots or a single, paired-triplet root. The last photo represents the group of roots we will pull your order from, but are not representative of the EXACT root/roots you will receive.