Curcuma better known as "Mango Ginger", is a stately and elegant summer-blooming flower. This amazing plant produces gorgeous spires of pink, purple, or white flowers all summer long. Other than being a spice, Curcuma makes an outstanding addition to garden beds and borders, as well as container gardens. Not to mention, it would go pretty well as an ornamental at your table top as well.
As its name suggests, it looks like ginger but it altogether is a surprise when you taste it. This ginger looking spice from the family of plant of the ginger Zingiberaceae, is closely related to turmeric. The rhizomes are very similar to ginger but have a raw mango taste. Its known as Ambe Halad in Marathi, Aam Haldi in Hindi and Curcuma Amada (Mango Ginger) botanically, this plant from the ginger family is quite versatile.
If you have ever been invited to a South Indian meal, possibility is that you are going to be served with this perhaps in the form of pickle. Pickles in south India and chutneys in north india are made from Mango Ginger which gives your meal a different and mouth watering taste. The taxonomy of the species is a subject of some confusion as some authorities have considered the name C. mangga as identical while others describe it as a distinct species with C. mangga being found in southern India while C. amada is of east Indian origin. It is a seasonal plant and it’s often found in parts of Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Himalayas, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in India.
Though it still is well known for its taste, this mango ginger can give you “n” number of benefits when it comes to HEALTH. Ayurveda and Unani medicine have been using Curcuma Amada as a part of their herbal remedies for centuries as a starter, diuretic, laxative, expectorant, aphrodisiac and more. We bring you here, some of the health benefits here :
=> It works as an antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. So it is used to treat skin issues. It helps to detoxify the body and improve skin complexion, get rid of acne and other skin problems.
=> Its a good appetizer, a calming agent, Its enzyme helps to break down proteins to organic compounds that are easier to digest. This root also helps to detoxify the body. It helps to relieve gas, improves appetite and promotes digestive strength.
=> An anti-allergenic
=> An analgesic. Mango ginger is an expectorant and analgesic. It is often used to relieve cold and cough. It also helps to relieve bronchitis as well as asthma.
=> The Curcuma Amada (Mango Ginger) works as a calming agent, which helps to relieve pain in our body.
=> It has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Using mango ginger as a part of the medication helps to relieve head lice as well as get rid of dandruff.
Noty just these, Mango ginger also consists of carbohydrates, curcuminoids, volatile essential oils, phenolic acids as well as terpenoids, which are complimentary to its taste.