Lakadong Turmeric Super Spice is a special variety of turmeric from a place called ‘Lakadong’, in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya.
Lakadong Turmeric is known for its beautiful aroma, colour and its medicinal qualities, as the Curcumin content in Lakadong Turmeric is between 7 to 12% (last tested in 2020), which is one of the highest, as against 2 to 3% in most varieties of turmeric.
In between the months of March-April the farmers prepare the land to sow the rhizomes that would yield Lakadong’ s Golden Dirt.
Lakadong turmeric has a bright, golden yellow hue that can only come from the high curcumin content. This gives the food that rich and appealing deep yellow colour that gourmets appreciate. Other turmeric types, by comparison, give the food a not so appealing, even dull, appearance.
Lakadong Turmeric Super Spice – the highest curcumin
Among the turmeric cultivars of different growing regions in Meghalaya, Lakadong turmeric is reported to have the highest curcumin content (6.8%-7.3%) in a study conducted by Kanjilal et al., (2002) and Chandra et al., (2005).
Lakadong Turmeric -Medicinal Properties
Packed with many medicinal properties Lakadong turmeric can be used for health purpose as well as for cooking,
When drank with milk or water regularly after eating will help in digestion and other stomach problems as well as boots your immune system.
Replete with multiple healing properties including antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory – that should be an enough number of antis to make you look up and rethink its usage in your food.
The Pandemic Super Spice
In a country that has great faith in kitchen remedies, COVID-19 has prompted people from across States to return to old-fashioned ‘immunity-boosters’. In the process, raw turmeric has become a prized ingredient. And it is used for far more than just haldi-doodh (rechristened turmeric latte in 2016 and sold at upscale cafes across the world ever since).
The pandemic has given rise to a new appreciation for turmeric, which is being made into golden-yellow salads, teas and juices for Immunity Booster and protection against the covid.
As we move forward towards a new normal, the state government of Meghalaya is even more steadfast in extending its support to entrepreneurs who have not only achieved accolades but have also done their part in developing self-sufficiency and improving the livelihood of our rural community. We acknowledge Kong Trinity Saioo – Padma Shri Awardee in Agriculture for her role in spearheading the Lakadong Turmeric Farming movement in Meghalaya and working towards making the Lakadong Mission a reality.
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