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Black
Turmeric

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Black Turmeric

Curcuma caesia

Black Turmeric is a perennial herb with bluish-black rhizome, native to North-East and Central India. The leaves have a deep violet-red patch which runs through the length of the lamina. Usually, the upper side of the leaf is rough, velvety, but this character may vary. Flowering bracts are green with a ferruginous tinge. Flower petals may be deep pink or red in color. The rhizome is bitter, hot taste with pungent smell. Black Turmeric is used in Tantrik Sadhana. The dried leaves are used as a source for fuel. Presently Black Turmeric is on the verge of extinction.

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Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    যাঈঙাঙ অমূবা
  • Hindi:
    काली हल्दी, कृष्ण केदार
  • Malayalam:
    കരിമഞ്ഞൾ
  • Marathi:
    काळी हळद
  • Nepali:
    कालो हलेदो
  • Telugu:
    నల్ల పసుపు
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Taxanomy

ZINGIBERALES
ZINGIBERACEAE
Curcuma caesia

Quick Facts
  • Northern tribes use this as a talisman to keep the evil spirits away.
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