March 31, 2019

Erode’s unique turmeric gets a GI tag for its distinctive fragrance and colour.


  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is, a perennial herbaceous plant of the ginger family. The plant’s underground stems or rhizomes have been used as spice, dye, medicine and religious maker since antiquity.

  • The spice’s colour comes mainly from curcumin, a bright yellow phenolic compound that has been in the news for its ostensible potential to fight cancer. As a result, the demand for turmeric with high curcumin content has risen.

  • India is the world’s largest producer of Turmeric. Tamil Nadu is the third largest grower of turmeric in the country (behind Telangana and Maharashtra), with 132.4 tonnes produced in 2015-16.

  • The Erode GI tag may be applied to any turmeric that’s grown in the entire Erode district of Tamil Nadu, as well as to the crop grown in Annur and Thondamuthur taluks of Coimbatore district and Kangeyam taluk of Tirupur district. 

Source : The Hindu