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Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history, dating back nearly 4000 years.
In Southeast Asia, turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies.
Because of its brilliant yellow color, turmeric is also known as “Indian saffron.” Modern man has begun to recognize the importance of turmeric, as indicated by the over 3000 publications dealing with turmeric that came out within the last 25 years.
The use of turmeric dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice and had some religious significance.
It probably reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD, West Africa by 1200 AD, and Jamaica in the eighteenth century.
In 1280, Marco Polo described this spice, and marveled at a vegetable that exhibited qualities so similar to that of saffron.
Today, turmeric is widely cultivated in the tropics and goes under different names in different cultures. Here is a few: From the Latin word terra merita (meritorious earth), referring to the color of ground turmeric, which resembles a mineral pigment. It is known as "terre merite" in French and simply as “yellow root” in many languages.
In Sanskrit, turmeric has at least 53 different names, including bhadra (auspicious or lucky), bahula (plenty), dhirgharaja (long in appearance), gandhaplashika (which produces good smell), gauri (to make fair), haldi (that draws attention to its bright color), hemaragini (gives the golden color), hridayavilasini (gives delight to heart, charming), laxmi (prosperity), mehagni (killer of fat).