Turmeric is one of the ancient spices of Asia. The root is an essential ingredient of curry and primarily responsible for the yellow colour. The fresh leaf is used as a wrap to flavour food in cooking. Current folk use of the root as a remedy for adult diabetics, carpel tunnel syndrome, heart problems and immune system support. The powdered root produces a gold-yellow dye. Turmeric is native to India and Asia preferring rich, moist soils in a protected, heavily shaded position. Drought and frost tender. A perennial plant, growing to 0.5m x 0.5m.