Flavour experience – It starts with a floral flavour, followed by a sharp citrus, and then an earthiness.
The Spice – The Jaintia Hills in North East India with its clay soil and mild climate is unique for our variety of turmeric, Lakadong. Many have tried to grow this variety elsewhere but all failed. It is the only turmeric known with more than 7% (average is 3%) of curcumin, the substance that gives turmeric its fresh flavour and beautiful colour.
Working with – Our turmeric is produced by a proud female farmer and community leader, Loitang. She works with the local trader Remdor to collect and powder the turmeric. She has around two acres of land and has grown the Lakadong variety already for thirty years. Now she also helps other women in her community to do the same.
To guide TGS and farmers in their development towards international export we work together with the social enterprise Jeev Anksh Eco Products and local governments.
How does it grow?
Turmeric is a root or rhizome spice of a one-year plant. This plant will grow up to around 80 cm with big green leaves.
Turmeric is harvested in January when the leaves turn brown. The roots are washed, cut and dried in the sun for around eight days. The women in this community harvest each of their lands together to be most efficient. I had the chance to help a bit myself last January (see movie).
Healthy Spice fact
Besides its culinary use, there are indications that curcumin has anti-inflammatory qualities, which can be good against many ailments. A reason why the world market demand has significantly grown since the spread of the coronavirus. However, you should not expect miracles from curcumin, as our intestines have difficulties absorbing it. Therefore it remains unclear what the real positive effect is on human health. Some research states that the combination with fat or black pepper will increase the absorption in our body. One thing is for sure: it can make or food much more delicious. Everything else can be a positive side effect.
Impact – We are the first international company to import the Lakadong as a culinary spice. As demands rise from the pharmaceutic industry for fresh Lakadong to distillate the curcumin, this will put pressure on the farmers to increase the yield for low prices, which pesticides can provide on the short term. The Good Spice stimulates the community of Loitang to avoid using harmful pesticides by giving a high price for their organic product
The biggest economic source in the region, coal mining, was recently forbidden by the Indian Climate Court. As this ban will not go overnight and is difficult to control, the local government wants to create a new business opportunity as a pull-factor. By creating the first access to the international market TGS hopes to contribute to the rise of an alternative business, replacing the polluting coal mining industry and creating positive alternatives for the previous miners.
How many steps between farmer and you
Loitang – Rembor – Jeev Anksh – The Good Spice – your kitchen
How many farmers
The price the farmers recieve
₹ 400 = €4,55 per kg (marketprice is ₹300 for one kg)
€4,55 instead of €3,41 – increase of 33%
KG’s organically produced spices imported
155 kg (150kg expected beginning of May)