The State of Meghalaya, one of the eight states in Northeast India, could be sitting on a spice treasure.
Because it is home to a special variety of turmeric that is a good source of curcumin — Lakadong Turmeric.
Lakadong Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is indigenous to Meghalaya. It grows in a small region in the West Jaintia Hills district, one of the eleven districts of Meghalaya. a place we fondly called Lakadong country.
Lakadong turmeric curcumin content is three times that of other varieties.
The internet is full of reports about the medicinal properties of curcumin. PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, lists more than 15,325 published research papers on Curcumin. Of these, researched papers on curcumin and cancer prevention alone is more than 1380*! (*as of July 2020)
Not surprising that "Global curcumin market is expected to reach USD 94.3 million by 2022" according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc!
Is this not like WOW?
Curcumin is the pigment in a spice called turmeric and is the one that gives it a rich yellow colour and a pungent smell. In fact, in Spanish and French turmeric is called Curcuma! Pharma companies manufacturing health supplements source turmeric with high curcumin content.
Lakadong Turmeric curcumin content is between 6 to 7%, which is one of the highest, as against a mere 2 to 3% in most varieties of turmeric. We have even seen 10 - 12% in one of the batches tested in the year 2020.
Turmeric has been used for centuries by indigenous folks around the world as a natural remedy for various ailments. Read about turmeric's indigenous healing powers here.
Economic Times published 26th July 2015 carried this news: "Geographical Indications (GI) tag registration had been obtained for Lakadong Turmeric, which is known to have medicinal qualities" said Mr. A Jayathilak, Chairman of the Spices Board of India.
For us at Zizira, this is exciting news!
We are a small group of people in Meghalaya and we believe in opening markets for farmers of Meghalaya and bringing prosperity to the farmers and the region.
Being at the source, we meet and visit the farmers of these villages. The farmers here follow traditional methods of farming. They do their best to preserve the best turmeric rhizome from one harvest to the next. Read more on the turmeric farming practices in Lakadong country.
Lakadong turmeric is heirloom turmeric, an ancient variety of turmeric from Jaintia Hills. The native and organic nature of the rhizome has remained untouched – no human interference by way of modifications and cross-breeding. Despite many clones in different varieties, Lakadong turmeric's uniqueness has never been usurped.
We also learnt that Lakadong turmeric curcumin content is not the only thing that makes it stand out from the rest. Its colour, taste, aroma too that makes it high-quality turmeric not just in India but also in the world. That's why we like to refer to Lakadong turmeric as the World's best turmeric. And rightly so.
There are many differences between Lakadong turmeric and other ordinary turmeric and you can read about them here.
Zizra partners with farmers of Lakadong village to source pure turmeric directly from them to you. You can try it out from our online store.
Come with us to meet farmers who grow Lakadong turmeric (Curcuma Longa).