Turmeric

Turmeric – A Gift of Gold

We grow, harvest, process and package turmeric right here in the Hunter Valley. From planting to packaging, the product never leaves our sight.

Our turmeric is grown organically in the Hunter Valley. Please be aware that we are not certified organic growers but we do guarantee our turmeric is grown free from chemical pesticides and insecticides. When we process our turmeric into a dried spice it remains in its purest form and is highly concentrated (it takes between six and seven kilograms of fresh turmeric to make one kilogram of dried spice).

To maintain the integrity of our produce we process to the highest possible standards. We do not add weight to our product with lead oxides (as has been found in US tests). Nor do we add metanil yellow colouring to pad out our product. Our goal is to preserve the taste, purity, quality and health benefits of this natural wonder food. Please note: we do not sell turmeric as a medicinal product.

Fresh Turmeric

100g bags of fresh turmeric grown and sold by Within Radius
Our packaging is made from 100% biodegradable cornstarch

Turmeric is an annual crop, ready for harvesting in Australia around mid to late July. This means our turmeric is available fresh from July through to October. These months can vary a little if we have an early or late harvest (we are just doing whatever mother nature tells us). Fresh turmeric should be plump (not shrivelled), there should be very little “give” in the rhizome. When you bend it, it should make a really crisp snapping noise when the rhizome is broken. It will also spurt out a tiny bit of liquid if it is nice and plump (a bit like a lemon rind when you bend it). 

Fresh turmeric that is available between late November and the following June is likely to be imported or has been stored for an extended period of time. We have seen fresh turmeric in “certified organic” food shops when it is out of season which means it has either been in storage for some time or has been imported. Much of our imported food is irradiated which makes me wonder about what we are buying in organic food shops during the off-season.

Fresh turmeric is a very bitter product. It is not said to be “not as digestible” in a raw form (we cannot confirm or refute this). Despite this, we do use a small amount of raw turmeric in our juices. 

Golden Paste

Also called our Golden Latte paste, this is a blend of fresh allepy, fresh ginger, coconut oil, water, cinnamon and cardamom pods.

This delicious warming paste can be used for:
golden lattes (add 1 tsp of paste to 1 cup of milk – rice, almond, soy, etc.)
yellow curry – fry off some garlic and onion and add a 1tsp of golden paste then add your cooked potato and some spinach (delicious and simple)</dd >
flavouring soups and casseroles</dd >
use it as a rub on chicken or fish</dd >
add to a salad dressing</dd >
the options are limitless. 
Allepy and Madras turmeric
Allepy and Madras turmeric grown and dried by Within Radius

Dried Turmeric

Our dried turmeric is our flagship product. It is of the highest quality and is completely pure. Our turmeric is free from additives such as metanil yellow colouring (a principal non-permitted food colour that can result in neurotoxicity in both developing and adult brains if consumed over a long period. It is used extensively in some countries but is illegal in Australia).

We grow and dry a limited amount each year. This limited production cycle allows us to maintain control over the quality of the end product. We pride ourselves on the fact that our turmeric contains nothing but turmeric.

Peeled turmeric rhizomes
Hand-peeled turmeric rhizomes ready for drying.

Our turmeric is dried within two to three days of harvest (as per Indian Government standards). This short time between harvest and the final product is minimal, ensuring a high-end, fragrant and vibrant product with a long shelf life.

ALL herbs, spices and herbal infusions that are imported into Australia are irradiated. Our turmeric is NOT! Please note the Australian Government states there is no scientific evidence to show irradiated food is harmful. That said, our policy is to do nothing (outside the natural drying process) to our turmeric. If you would like information on irradiated food please see the Government website.

Types of turmeric

Biodiversity is the key to prolonged agriculture. Without it we are more susceptible to broad-scale disease and pest events. For this reason we grow three types of turmeric. We grow:
Madras: this is a lighter yellow, milder in flavour and best suited to mustard paste and curry powder/paste.
Allepy: this is a darker colour (closer to ochre in colour) and has a stronger, earthier flavour.
Cape York turmeric: This is our very own Cape York Lily (or Curcuma Australasica) and is a native plant.

Gift packs

Each year, as we approach Christmas, we create boxed gift sets that showcase our products.

This year we have produced a lovely pack containing two 25g of turmeric coupled with our unique honey vinegar.

Our vinegar is made from local Hunter Valley honey. It has the sweet aromatic tone of honey but is still a vinegar and should be used like any other vinegar. It is particularly well suited to salad dressings (viniagarettes) because it has the effect of bringing out the sweetness of salad ingredients such as tomatoes and cucumber. Honey vinegar is said to restore the pH balance in the body, it can promote detoxification, and help with the absorption of nutrients.

Our pricing

We believe everyone deserves the right to good food. Good food should not be the “domain of the wealthy”. Our product is not an industrialised food. We work hard to produce a high-end product to bring to market. We distribute directly to the customer to avoid a long value chain where multiple people are taking a profit before it gets to the consumer. This helps us to price our product in a way that ensures it is still affordable to the general public.