uses for Curry plant

botany_babe(z8TX)June 30, 2005

Hi ya'll ,

My Curry Plant was taking over, so I Cut it down to regrow. In the mainstay I have harvested a huge amount of Curry Plant, and I don't know what to do with it.

Any ideas of how to dry, store, and use it? thought about making a salad dressing, but want more ideas and uses.

Thanks for the help


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Which curry plant do you have? Do you have the latin name? One is inedible.... they only call it curry plant because it smells like curry.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 7:37PM
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If it's the little grey-leafed shrub that looks rather like rosemary, it's a Curry Plant. It's edible, but I wouldn't bother. The flavour is so vague your taste-buds have to be super-sensitive to notice it. The plant, dried or fresh, isn't even much chop as an insect repellent. The flowers, which have no perfume, can be dried and used in arrangements. As a herb, it's not very useful, but it's pretty in the garden. I'd leave it there. Give it a little haircut to keep it tidy and lush (and to propagate from), but otherwise, regard it as more of a novelty plant than anything else.

If it's leaves of the Curry Leaf Tree, they don't taste or smell like curry at all, but are often used in curry powder blends, and in 'curry' dishes along with other herbs and spices. It's not used as a substitute for curry on its own. The leaves are best frozen (on their stems to hold in the flavour) - they lose flavour when dried.

If you want a curry flavour, use commercial blends, or start growing things like cardamom, fenugreek, turmeric, cumin, ginger, coriander etc.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 12:54AM
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mosesong(z5 KS)

How do you make your curry plant spread? Mine is not spreading. They do grow taller with flower, but the base is still tiny and doesn't have lots of leave. Am I suppose to pick the leave off more often like Rosermery to make it get bushier?

Also, how do you propegate curry plant? I don't think it works through cutting.

As for using it, I tried to chop the leaves and mix with some dry rub, and rub over chicken to make beer can chicken. The curry flavor is not very strong, but you still can detect it, especially once your mince/bruce them.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 10:58AM
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I love indian curry and would love to get my hands on fresh curry leaves...... I dry them in my food dehydrator when out of season. I put them by the fire place sometimes too so they get nice and dry. then I put them in a plastic bag sealed tight. I dont know how good the plastic is for the taste but it still tastes fine to me. I prefer them fresh! The leaves are good for stomache illness so I have heard.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2007 at 3:54PM
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neerukat(6 PA)

mosesong: to propagate curry plant you can do any of the following.
SEEDS:It is very easy to germinate fresh seeds. If these seeds have any soft pulp attached be sure to remove it and wash the seeds before planting. Wash the seeds with mild soap and water before planting. Be sure to use a well draining soil muixture and plant seeds at 3/4" depth. Requires bright light, warmth and high humidity. Do not keep the soil wet. Allow the soil to dry to 1/2" depth before watering again.
When the curry plant flowers and fruits, you see berries appearing at the very tips of the branches. The fruits are best plucked when they are half ripe or when fully ripe. The fruits should never be allowed to dry, because the curry plant seeds in them lose their viability when they shrivel. Peel the seed out of half ripe or fully ripe fruits by squeezing out the flesh before planting. The fruit around the seed may slow down germination. Seeds are best planted in seed raising mixture. They are planted very shallow and germinate in 10 days depending on temperature and germinate best with warm soil 70 to 80 F.
SUCKERS: For the plant to develop the suckers one must trim the plant heavily. If the plant is more than 10 to 12 feet in height trim the branches to keep 6 to 10 inches in length. Suckers will develop in about 4 to 6 months.
Plant in the container will not grow tall as the tree.
Another way of propagating this plant is by burying about 2 inches long pcs. of thick roots in the soil. Shoots will develop in about 2 months but it will take longer time for the roots to develop. This method works well in hot summer.

From LEAF CUTTINGS:just strip the lower leaves & put it in the ground in moist dense soil. Also, they root best in shade.
Hope it helps!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 5:35PM
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The curry plant is uses of some areas.There are culinary,Dried Flower,
Fragrant Ornamental.My suggestion is you must use them Culinary in order that.

Here is a link that might be useful: Curry plant - curry herb

    Bookmark   July 3, 2010 at 11:34AM
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