Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia, where it is collected for use in classical Indian medicine (Siddha or Ayurveda). In Eastern India, the plant is used as one of the nine components of nabapatrika. The Haldi ceremony called gaye holud in Bengal (literally "yellow on the body") is a ceremony observed during wedding celebrations of people of Indian culture all throughout the Indian subcontinent.
|Moisture||Not more than 10.0 % by weight|
|Total ash on a dry basis||Not more than 9.0% by weight|
|Ash insoluble in dil.HCL on a dry basis||Not more than 1.5 % by weight|
|Colouring powder expressed as curcuminoid content on a dry basis||Not less than 2.0 % by weight|
|Total starch||Not more than 60.0 percent by weight|
|Test for lead chromate||Negative|