Curcuma australasica

CAPE YORK TURMERIC - A beautiful native turmeric the rhizomes of which are eaten roasted by Aboriginals. Grows to 2m, yellow flowers with striking pink bracts. Available all year in pots but easier to send as dormant rhizome in winter.  It is very similar to Curcuma xanthorrhiza - TEMULAWAK (Java) but the colour intensity is of the flowers and the purple stripe up the middle of the leaf is less, paler.  The flavour in cookking is the same and probably the mediciinal properties are too.

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