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What Plants Does Curry Powder Come From?

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Curry powder is a mixture of turmeric, coriander, chillies, cumin, mustard, ginger, fenugreek, garlic, cloves, and salt. It does not come from the plant Helichrysum italicum or curry plant, which is not palatable.

Plant Roots

Turmeric comes from the plant Curcuma longa L. while ginger comes form Zingiber officinale. Both of these herbs have their rhyizomes are harvested, dried, and ground into a powder. Garlic comes from the bulb of the Allium sativum. This herb is dried and graded into a powder.

Plant Seeds

Fenugreek is the seed of the Trigonella foenum-graecum L. plant, cumin comes from the Caminum cyminum and mustard comes from the Brassicaceae plant. All three herbs are harvested by collecting the seed, drying it, and crushing it into a powder. Coriander comes from the Coriandrum sativam plant. Both leaves and seeds are used in curry powder. Cloves come from the dried, unopenned flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum. Chilies are dried with seeds intact and crushed.

From the Soil

Salt is harvested from the ground or from salt water and added to curry powder.


About the Author


Mindy McIntosh-Shetter has been writing since 2010. Her work appears on various websites and blogs. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in agriculture education with minors in biology and natural resources from Purdue University. She is pursuing a master's degree in environmental education and urban planning from the University of Louisville.