|Moisture||Not More Than 10.0% By Weight|
|Total Ash in a Dry Basis||Not More Than 9.0% By Weight|
|Ash Insoluble in Dil. Hcl On Dry Basis||Not More Than 1.5 % By Weight|
|Coloring Powder Expressed as Curcuminoid Content On a Dry Basis||Not Less Than 2.0 % By Weight|
|Total Starch||Not More Than 60.0 % By Weight|
|Test for Lead Chromate||Negative|
Turmeric is the boiled, dried, cleaned and polished rhizomes of Curcuma longa. The plant is a herbaceous perennial, 60-90 cm high, with a short stem and tufted leaf. There are 7 to 12 leaves, the leaf sheaths forms the pseudo stem. The lamina is green above and pale green below and has a length of 30-40 cm and width 8-12 cm. Inflorescence is a central spike of 10-15 cm length. 1-4 flowers are born in axil of the bract opening one at a time. About 30 flowers are produced in a spike. Seeds are produced in capsules and there will be one to numerous sunken capsules in an inflorescence.