Turmeric leaves are small to medium in size and are oblong or lanceolate in shape, averaging 80-115 centimetres in length and 30-48 centimetres in width. When cooked, Turmeric leaves impart a floral, pungent, and gingery flavour with slightly bitter undertones.
Fresh Turmeric leaves are available in the spring through fall, while dried Turmeric leaves are available year-round.
Turmeric leaves, botanically classified as Curcuma longa. Grow on a perennial herbaceous plant that can reach up to one meter in height. And are members of the Zingiberaceae, or ginger family.
Turmeric leaves contain curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Turmeric is native to Asia, specifically to India, where the use of Turmeric as a spice, a medicine, and even in religious ceremonies dates back over 4,000 years ago.