Curcuma longa, Turmeric, Turmeric flowers

Curcuma longa, Turmeric, a member of the ginger family has delicate tubular flowers hidden among the light-colored leafy bracts. Seldom blooming, the flowers and leafy bracts are a subtle, tender, slightly aromatic rare treat in various Asian cuisines. The highly perishable flowers are not often seen in markets. Like the leaves, when crushed they have a pleasant aromatic fragrance due to the essential oil which has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cytotoxic activity (against specific laboratory cancer cell lines).

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