In between the Sindoro volcanoes in Central Java, under the coconut trees and surrounded by the sound of the rushing waterfalls of the rainforest and the song of the cockatoos, grows the raw, wild turmeric hand harvested by Divine Spices. Volcanic soil is among the most fertile in the world; the result of volcanic ash and lava releasing valuable nutrients into the earth. In turn, the nutritional quality of the turmeric is enhanced, firmly positioning itself as one of nature's top superfoods. (Pictured is Luka, peeping out from a field of wild turmeric)
This raw, natural product is hand-harvested by Divine Spices' farmers, who clean each turmeric root by hand and remove the skin. They then slice the roots and leave them under the heat of the Indonesian sun to dry for 7 - 10 days. When they have finished sunbathing, the roots are hand-ground in large pestles and mortars into the smooth, soft yellow powder that we are all familiar with. As with the production of the Divine Spices coconut blossom sugar, there are no machines involved in the manufacturing process.
Being a superfood, turmeric naturally has superpowers! In fact, this magical plant is considered to be one of the most effective natural nutritional supplements in existence. It is rich in natural compounds, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, particularly an antioxidant called 'curcumin'. This powerful antioxidant may help to strengthen the body's natural healing abilities and act as an anti-inflammatory, relieving joint pain. No wonder it has a long history of medicinal use in Indian Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. Of course, it is also delicious mixed into your favourite Saturday night curry!
Here is a recipe, provided by Luka, for a traditional healthy tonic which they drink in Indonesia to boost the immune system:
Golden Turmeric Latte for Immunity Boost
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon Divine Spices raw, wild turmeric
Quarter teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons coconut blossom sugar
Pinch of vanilla powder
Pinch black pepper
Add all the ingredients to a pot and cook over a low heat until the liquid reaches 70 degrees celsius, or your preferred temperature. Enjoy!
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