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Turmeric Finger

The main quality of turmeric is called as Rajapuri which is produced in Sangli, Maharashtra. Masala manufacturers mainly use it due to its saffron colour. The second main quality is Salem Gattha which is produce in Salem, Tamilnadu and that is why its name is pronounced as Salem Gattha.
Rajapuri Quality is also a known quality and attracts the Masala manufacturer besides the Salem variety. But production of this quality is low. Third quality is produced in Messur, Karnataka and called as Godal Patte. The fourth quality – the Finger quality gets its name from its shape - which looks like human finger. Major producing states are Tamil Nadu, AP, Maharashtra. Karnataka, Orissa, Meghalaya, Bihar and Assam are the main turmeric producing areas. Moreover, Erode, Selam and Rajapur are the main trading place.

India is the largest producer and exporter of turmeric powder.US is the largest Importer of turmeric, India provides 90 % of the US demand, followed by Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka & Banglades

Specification for Turmeric Whole (HS CODE: 09103020)

Type Finger/Bulbs - Polished or Unpolished
Flexibility Hard
Broken pieces (fingers<15mm): < 5%
Foreign Matter: < 1%
Defectives: < 3%
Percentage of bulbs by weight: < 4% Starch content, max, w/w: 60% Curcumin content: 4 - 5%
Moisture: 10%
Total Ash: 7%
Lead as PPB: 2.5
Chromate Test: Negative
Acid Insoluble Ash 2.5%