Our lovely friends from Lithuania (Lietuva) have awakened my interest in their apparently beautiful little country situated in Northern Europe. It has a Baltic Sea coastline in the west and is surrounded by Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east, Poland to the southwest, and Russia‘s exclave, the Kaliningrad Oblast, to the west.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tropical plant with stunning yellow flowers that originates from South or Southeast Asia, precisely from western India. Similar to the evolutionary related Ginger, only the “rhizome”, which is the underground stem that grows horizontally and often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes, is used. Only when cut open, the root reveals its deep orange inside.
As soon as a child in India sees the light of the world, some sort of magic is applied to its still moist skin – a tiny yellow dot appears on its forehead, made of a golden, powdery paste extracted from the turmeric root. From now on, as the saying goes, the child will be surrounded only by fortune and love.