Kids in India have eaten turmeric in Indian cuisine for thousands of years. Turmeric is one of the wonderful spices in used in making curry and gives it the lovely golden color. Recent scientific studies have proven the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom in the powerful anti- inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits of turmeric. Curcumin, a phytonutrient found in turmeric, has been proven to be safe and effective treatment for arthritis, bowel disease, skin disease, Alzheimer disease, and cancer. Although curcumin is safe in large doses, kids can find relief in the small doses provided by eating delicious curries, using organic ground turmeric and making their own curry mix of spices. Kids can grow turmeric in a hot moist climate, in a sunroom or a greenhouse. The spice is found on the underground stem of the plant, like a ginger plant to which it is related. Kids must boil, dry, and grind the turmeric to a fine yellow powder before it can be used as a spice. The bright yellow color of turmeric colors a great variety of dishes around the world. Ground turmeric loses it flavor and aroma and when kept too long can acquire a musty taste. As with all ground spices, for the freshest and purest flavor buy or grind little portions often.