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Monday, 28 May 2012

CURRY LEAF (Murraya koenigii)- a small tree with aromatic leaves



Curry leaf is commonly used for giving flavor for curries. It is an unavoidable item in many dishes in India and Asian countries. It is also used as an herb in Ayurvedic medicines. It is much valued as anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory etc.
It is fast growing and can be grown very easily in homestead.


  
Curry leaf is propagated by seeds and root suckers. As root suckers are fast growing, these are usually used for planting. It requires sunny and drained place.  Planting is done in May-June. One or two plants are enough for a family. Root suckers can be planted in 60x60x60cm pits filled with compost and topsoil at a spacing of 4x4 m.
Kitchen waste can be used as manure for Curry leaf. It does need regular irrigation during summer.
As the plants grow fast, trim them regularly to ensure the growth of fresh leaves for harvest.



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