is a flowering plant
, Curcuma longa
of the ginger
, the roots of which are used in cooking. The rhizomes are used fresh or boiled in water and dried, after which they are ground into a deep orange-yellow powder commonly used as a coloring
and flavoring agent in many Asian cuisines
, especially for curries
, as well as for dyeing
, characteristics imparted by the principal turmeric constituent. This particular batch originates from Salem which is has been popular for generations in turmeric production.