We grow certified organic produce and medicinal herbs with proven health benefits. As well as several varieties of turmeric, plantings include ginger, galangal, lemongrass, bitter melon, garlic, blue flag, chillies, pea eggplant and betel leaves.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a perennial plant with elongated bright green leaves which grows to between 1 – 1.5 metres tall in tropical and sub-tropical conditions. It is related to the Ginger family. Most turmeric varieties have a yellow/ orange coloured rhizome, or root system, that grows entirely under the soil. The botanic name of our main variety, Curcuma longa, is derived from the Arabic word for turmeric: ‘al-kurkum’.
Most of the world’s turmeric is grown in India and marketed in the form of dried rhizome or powder. It is a spicy ingredient in curries, stir fries, recreational drinks and coffee.
It is also a colouring in many brands of mustard, cake icing, margarine and breakfast cereal. It has ceremonial significance as the colour of Buddhist monks’ robes and, in parts of India, a paste smeared on brides to signify their wedding day.
For centuries and to the present day, in systems of traditional medicine, turmeric is a prominent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-tumour, wound healer, antibiotic, antibacterial, antiseptic, liver protectant and treatment for joint pain, digestive discomfort, allergies, insect bites and skin rashes.
Turmeric and Science
Turmeric has been among the most researched medicinal plants in the world in the past decade. Studies and clinical trials have concentrated on turmeric’s anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties with much attention on improving the absorption of its best known active ingredient, curcumin.
Ironically, there has been a recent shift in scrutiny towards the benefits of turmeric as a whole, and the contribution of actives other than curcumin, in improving bioavailability and delivering health benefits.
At a local level, sample specimens from our farm have been analysed by the Plant Science Laboratory at nearby Southern Cross University. The lab is a fantastic resource that has provided us with valuable scientific data and advice over the past five years.
Our farm is a Laboratory
We continually experiment with growing methods to achieve the highest quality turmeric for Complete 3.
In our research gardens we are cultivating a collection of rare varieties of turmeric to investigate their historical applications in traditional medicine systems.