Turmeric is grown from rhizomes, root-like structures. Some local stores or health food stores sell fresh rhizomes in the winter when they’re typically planted. Asian or Indian stores usually stock them or you can order on Amazon (choose US to avoid customs issues).
These are tropical plants, so they love light and humid, warm climates. If your home is not warm, you could start them in a germination chamber or keep in a warm area with a small desk lamp. Or you can roll the dice and start in a big pot as the woman does below in the video.
Water about once a week. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Feed with fertilizer every couple of weeks. Watch this video for more info:
Here’s how to make your own turmeric powder. Place your cleaned root in a pot and cover it with water, bring to a boil and simmer until you can easily pierce with a fork. Usually takes about 45-60 minutes. Drain the water off, rub the skin off with your fingers (or use a spoon to scrape skin off). Drive in the sun or use a dehydrator at 140 degrees until it snaps cleanly when you bend it. Get out your handy spice mill (or coffee grinder) and pulse until powder consistency. It’s a good idea to wear gloves to avoid staining when handling, unless Cheeto-y hands are your thing.
Want to use your newly-ground turmeric powder? Try this super delicious, immune-boosting Golden Milk. Check out our recipe here.