Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fresh & Local: Olena from Olinda

Olena, is one of the "Canoe Plants" that Polynesian voyagers thought important enough to bring with them on their journey to Hawaii. Olena's botanical name is Curcuma domestica. It is best known throughout the world as Turmeric, and is a member of the ginger family.

The vibrant orange color of the juice is what gives curry it's unique color and is guaranteed to stain your fingers, counter top and cutting board, so use caution (an gloves) when handling! In addition to it's culinary uses, Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic healing for it's antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Currently, there are over 19 clinical trials underway.

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