Turmeric and Ginger


We started planting turmeric or olena as it is known in Hawaiian a few years ago.  Turmeric is known for its antioxidant and anti inflammatory  properties.   There has been a lot of research into this pretty impressive spice and its benefits – preventing cancer, treating arthritis, controlling diabetes, reducing cholesterol, healing wounds, lowering risk of brain disease and heart disease, helping with depression, and slowing aging.  There are tons of articles on turmeric and its benefits.  You can use it fresh or dried.  It can be used in almost anything from stir fry to smoothies.  Because we have so much, we dry ours and then grind it into a powder.  We processed about five gallons of fresh turmeric.  From that we got a little over a gallon of dry turmeric.  First you clean it, then boil it, then dry it it, and when dry, grind it into a powder.  We dry ours in a dehydrator.  You can sun dry it as well, but it’s been so rainy lately this wasn’t practical.

I’ve been making golden milk at night to help with some lower back and leg pain.  It’s a recipe I found on line.  Instead of stevia, however, I put honey in it.  I’ve made golden milk before, but really like this recipe.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/golden-milk-for-insomnia-5803a4ea07c738d85fd9d618

I keep a jar of powdered turmeric on my stove top and sprinkle some in whatever I happen to be cooking   from eggs, to soups, and in my rice (it makes it a pretty dark yellow).  I even put some in my coffee grinds before I make a pot of coffee.  You can put it in what you like to suit your taste.

We’ve also been growing ginger. We dried and processed some for the first time this week. It’s a lot easier than working with turmeric. There’s no boiling necessary. You simply wash it, peel off the outer layer, and dry it. It also dries a lot quicker than turmeric. The dried ginger smells heavenly.

 

 

 

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New Year! Uwe ka lani ola ka honua (when the heavens cry, the earth lives)

We never quite make it awake to personally welcome the New Year in, and this year was no exception.  It ended up raining almost the whole night, with some really heavy episodes.  We awoke to this …

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The ground is overly saturated, but more importantly the pool which is normally a turqoisey blue color is brownish green.  That has happened only one other time before when a river of mud flowed into the pool.  This must have happened last night when we were sleeping.  It’s a bit of a mess, but we were planning on draining the pool and repainting the bottom once the weather dried out a little.  Looks like we will be draining the pool sooner rather than later.

Although it’s really overcast, and starting to fog in a bit, it’s kind of nice and cozy in the house.  My daughter is home and we’ve done a little “spring” cleaning getting ready for the new year.

Because of all the extra rain, we have “ponds” forming all over the place.  If you look closely, you can see ducks wading around the pond below the starfruit tree.  The thing is, we don’t actually have a pond below the starfruit tree.

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Jingle found a nice warm place to snuggle during the rain.  He prefers the outside even if its wet and cold.

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Because it’s been raining for days, I haven’t gone into the garden much.  For the last few months, we’ve been picking beans.  Cowpeas to be exact.  David grew a number of varieties.  The black ones have done particularly well.  It’s best when drying the beans, to let the them dry on the vine.  Because of all the rain, that’s been hard, and unfortunately some of the beans have simply molded.  I cook a lot with dry beans, so it’s really been nice to grow our own.  I’ll be trying some new recipes with these and will let you know how that goes.  The beans on the right, are blackeyed peas, the most well known variety of cowpea.  They didn’t do as well as the other varieties, and had quite a bit of mold, but I managed to save some.

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