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Olena wins praise for flavor and anti-inflammatory punch

Joleen Oshiro
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A sprinkle of turmeric powder finishes a bowl of olena hummus.

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The olena rhizome in the basket is a cluster of roots and shoots that grow underground off a single stem. Also in the basket are pieces of olena ready for use. The stone pestle, left, holds pieces of olena that are being pounded. Find olena at most farmers markets and natural-food stores.

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Leinaala Bright uses a mortar and pestle to coarse grind the olena - turmeric - for many medicinal