Quick Guide: Facts you need to know about Black Turmeric Powder
As I am reading through a health forum, I came across Black Turmeric Powder and saw that this herb has been gaining popularity lately. In this blog post, I am going to give you quick fun facts about this Rhizome herb, and by the way, Black turmeric is the cousin of yellow turmeric powder.
What is Black Turmeric powder?
Black turmeric Powder or black zedoary is the common name of Curcuma Caesia. This black-bluish rhizome herb is a native to India. This herb grows at about .5 to 1m tall.
Curcuma Caesia is known in India as (Hindi) Kali Haldi, Nar Kachura Krishna Kedar,
(Manipuri) Yaingang Amuba or Yaimu, (Marathi) Kala-haldi, (Kannada) Kariarishina, Naru Kachora, (Bengali) Kala Haldi
Black Turmeric powder is gaining popularity because of its medicinal uses. It is an herb packed with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Black turmeric powder is used in treating cough, asthma, arthritis, sprains, and many more. Read through the entire article as I discuss further other benefits of using black turmeric powder.
Yellow Turmeric Powder is very popular in the Indian household as an important ingredient in cooking and also as natural medicine. Its cousin, Black turmeric powder contains curcumin as well.
Health Benefits and medicinal uses of Curcuma Caesia or black turmeric powder
This black-bluish herb contains curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and antiinflammatory. Its medicinal benefits were used centuries ago, a fresh crushed root is used to treat common health issues such as sprains and bruises, as well as arthritis.
Research on the MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF BLACK TURMERIC was carried out and according to Innoriginal International Journal of Sciences Curcuma Caesia is effective in treating the following health problems or body discomforts:
- Stomach Ache and indigestions
- Respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma (using Black turmeric rhizomes)
- antdiarrhoeiaric (using fresh rhizome decoction)
Other effective uses of Black turmeric Rhizomes are:
- Antiemetic properties
- Has a therapeutic effect on depressive disorders
- Antibacterial properties
- Analgesic and antipyretic properties
You can read the complete research review here.
And if you have the roots available, you can add the fresh black turmeric root into your favorite smoothie. Wash, peel and slice it then you can blend it into your smoothie.
What are the disadvantages of Black turmeric powder?
There isn’t enough clinical and toxicity study about the side effects and disadvantages of black turmeric powder. You can read the full research about the Black turmeric powder linked above.
Before using this herb, if you have allergies, lactating, or pregnant, or any other conditions, please ask your professional medical doctor for advice before taking such. Curcumin may interact with some prescription drugs, ask your doctor for medical advice.
How to make homemade black turmeric powder?
- Cure the turmeric rhizomes before drying (To remove raw odor as well as to gelatinized the starch for faster drying)
- Boiling in plain water for 45 minutes until you will see froth on the surface is recommended by The Indian Institute of Spice Research and the Agricultural Research Centre
- Slice the roots into smaller pieces
- Sundry until it is completely dry or crisp
- Grind it using any grinders you have at home (Food processor, blender)
- Tightly pack the powder in an airtight glass
- Store in a cool dry place
Commercial curing and drying of black turmeric may be different as it is in bigger quantities. And commercially produced black turmeric powder may be cured longer and undergo polishing and grading before grinding.
The information above is for homemade and small quantities.
Where to buy Black turmeric powder?
Black turmeric has been listed as an endangered species by the Indian Agricultural Department as of 2016. That explains the expensive price as compared to the yellow turmeric variety.
On the other hand, yellow turmeric powder is available commercially but see to it that you are buying the pure black turmeric powder.
Online shops such as Amazon offer a variety of turmeric powder, some with ginger combination, while others have a black pepper already for better absorption.
The yellow turmeric powder is more commercially available, examples of what’s available in the market is Amazon’s best seller turmeric powder
Wondering how to use turmeric in cooking?
In Indian cuisine, it is hardly impossible not to see turmeric on their kitchen shelf. Turmeric powder is widely used in Indian cooking, and it is gaining popularity amongst other cuisines as well.
You can refer to this Recipe book for turmeric recipes
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Does turmeric powder need black pepper to be effective?
Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. To fully get the advantages and benefits of taking in curcumin, then you need to add black pepper.
Well, you might be asking, What is in the black pepper that helps curcumin absorption?
Black pepper contains piperine that aids curcumin absorption.
That is why black pepper and turmeric powder is a powerful combination to fully get the health benefits of curcumin.
In Conclusion, Black turmeric is an Indian native herb that is scientifically known as Curcuma caesia that grows about .5 to 1m tall.
Black turmeric powder has shown its medicinal and health benefits ranging from its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to aiding indigestion by chewing small pieces of its rhizome.
And fresh crushed black turmeric rhizome is effective in treating sores and bruises.
Unfortunately, it is not widely available, unlike the yellow turmeric powder that explains the higher cost in the market.