It is difficult to find another country that has so much to offer in terms of culinary varieties; be it spices, vegetables, cereals, fruits, etc. Indians, traditionally, has attached a significant role to what adorns their plate right from the Vedic Ages. With the advent of organized agriculture and subsequent green revolution, India has elevated its status as the ‘Food Capital’ of India and rightly so.
If cardamom is the queen of spices and pepper the black king, then turmeric is undoubtedly the taste of India! It is almost impossible to find an Indian recipe without turmeric. Over the years, Turmeric has evolved as one of the most sought after export commodities from India owing to its superior quality and a reliable network of turmeric suppliers in India. Listed below are five reasons or turmeric benefits that should make you opt for the Indian Turmeric.
1. A rich heritage and history:
The exquisite dietary and medicinal properties of organic Turmeric are mentioned in some of the ancient Vedic Literature which dates back as far as 2000 B.C. The first official entry regarding turmeric was made by Marco Polo on one of his travels to China and therefore it is fair to assume that Turmeric made its way to India through the Silk Route. The divine relevance attached to turmeric has been handed down generations after generation which has now resulted in the world realizing the inimitable quality of the Indian turmeric.
2. Mesmerizing variety:
India offers 16 different varieties of Turmeric, each different from the other in terms of appearance, aura, medicinal and culinary properties. There is no other place on earth that can boast such a diverse variety of turmeric. No matter what your requirement for turmeric is, chances are that you will find the ideal variety in India. Some of the most popular grades are
a. Madras Turmeric,
b. Aleppey Finger (Kerala),
c. Erode and Salem turmeric from Tamil nadu,
d. Rajapuro and Sangli (Maharashtra),
e. Nizamabad turmeric, Andhra Pradesh
f. Cuddapah Turmeric form Andhra Pradesh.
Madras Turmeric (yellow colour) is preferred in Middle East, UK markets and Alleppey Turmeric (Orange yellow colour) find takers in US market. The Alleppey turmeric generally consists of 4-7% curcumin and Madras variety 2-4% curcumin
3. Medicinal properties / Nutritive value:
Some of the medicinal properties attached to turmeric are
a. Used as spice and medicinal herb
b. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant
c. Turmeric spice increases antioxidant capacity in the body
d. Curcumin reduces risks to heart diseases
e. Curcumin prevents cancer
f. Turmeric enhances the quality of skin by removing acnes
Apart from this, the turmeric nutritional benefits also make it an attractive option for many.
Nutritive value of Turmeric /100 gm
a. Moisture 13.100 gm
b. Protein 6.300gm
c. Fat 5.100 gm
d. Minerals 3.500 gm
e. Fibre 2.600 gm
f. Carbohydrate 69.400 gm
g. Energy 349.000 kcal
h. Calcium 150.000 mg
i. Phosphorus 282.000 mg
j. Iron 67.800 mg
a. Carotene 30.000 mg
b. Thaimine 0.030 mg
c. Niacin 2.300 mg
d. Folic acid (free) 10.000 mg
e. Folic acid (total) 18.000 mg
Minerals and Trace Elements:
a. Magnesium 270.000 mg
b. Copper 0.390 mg
c. Manganese 8.380 mg
d. Zinc 2.720 mg
e. Chromium 0.069 mg
f. Phylin phosphorus 97.000 mg
4. Culinary delight:
Thanks to the swelling expat Indian community, Indian cuisine has grown in acceptance and most world cities are today dotted with restaurants serving Indian varieties. And the role turmeric plays in giving these cuisines an Indian flavour is second to none. The herbal aroma and the distinctive yellow color it imparts to the dishes compliments the preservative properties it offers. Be it any of the mouth water Indian dishes; sambar, Mughal Biriyani, Chicken Kebabs, Paneer delicacies, soups etc, turmeric is an indispensable ingredient. The culinary acceptance of turmeric is not just an Indian phenomenon. It has been widely accepted in different parts of the world like Morocco, England, Pakistan, Srilanka, Thailand, Indonesia and so on.
Apart from medicinal and culinary turmeric uses, Indian turmeric also finds use in cosmetics, for weight loss, for pain and even is known for its role in preventing cancer.
5. Global acceptance and Soaring trade:
India exports turmeric in whole, in powder form and as oleoresin with rich ciramin contents and other inherent qualities. Owing to the superior grades and varieties offered, India has become the global leader in Turmeric production and export. Indian exports of Turmeric, when compared to 2013-2014, have increased by 18% in 2014-2015. The country maintains a strong demand from the Middle East, the UK, USA, Iran, African countries and Japan.
Key export markets include:
a. UAE: 17%
b. USA 10%
c. Bangladesh 9%
d. Sri Lanka 7%
e. Japan 7%
f. Malaysia 6%
g. UK 6%
Inspite of increasing competition from countries like Bangladesh, Srilanka etc, India has been able to retain its top position due to its superior quality and diverse variety of grades. Indian Government has taken stringent measures to ensure that the Turmeric which is being exported is of high quality which includes checks on Sudan and Aflotoxin contaminations.
Why choose Alobha Exim?
Alobha Exim, a leading Indian supplier and exporter of turmeric, offers excellent quality Turmeric fingers which is an essential ingredient for an overwhelming majority of Indian Cuisine and finds significant application in the preparation of various cosmetics, vitamins and antiseptics. We have an established manufacturing capacity of 15T per day.
Alobha Exim’s Turmeric specifications:
Origin : Indian
Flexibility : Hard
Curcumin : 1-2%
Moisture : Less than 10%
Shelf life : 1 year
Packing : 25kgs PP bags or as per Customer requirements
Despatch : Within 20days of order confirmation
Processed in hygienic environment
Packed as per customer requirements
Tested by third party
Best product quality
Experienced team in Production and Quality to ensure that we meet Customer’s requirement
– Written by Jaga Salai, a food technologist, working as Production Manager in Alobha Exim