Our Roots


Growing up on a nature reserve in Cape Town, herbs and spices were an essential part of life. Turmeric was a favourite of my mother’s, who learned about the positive benefits of this vibrant yellow spice when studying Ayurveda.

Her enthusiasm and faith in the medicinal properties of this golden spice, meant it was used for the whole family (even our dog), for everything from herbal infusions to grazed knees.

After years of experimenting with various concoctions to find the best combination of ingredients, I’m glad to say my mother’s recipes greatly improved. These recipes and her quest to make turmeric tasty, inspired Taka and our range of delicious health-giving drinks & teas.

With love, Talia



Inspiring people to live a healthy lifestyle is second nature to Talia, and combined with a head for business, she is the life force behind Taka.


As a qualified nurse and massage therapist who specialises in pain relief, it was Karen’s original quest to make turmeric taste good, 20 years ago, that’s made all of this possible.



A keen sportsman, nutrition has always been a priority for Graham. He believes in the positive benefits of turmeric and is on a mission to spread the goodness of Taka Turmeric, around the world.




In our hometown in Cape Town, we could buy a wide variety of Indian spices but the quality was not always good and neither was the flavour.

So, we travelled to India in search of the very best organic turmeric, but soon learnt that it wasn’t as easy as it sounded.

Even in India, only a small percentage of turmeric is organically and ethically grown.  It also comes in different grades, so the taste can vary from bitter, to extremely bitter and the amount of curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) can vary, too.

This knowledge was invaluable and enabled us to source the very best herbs and spices, to create a golden synergy of taste and health.

Our organic turmeric with its beautiful orchid-like flower, is undoubtedly the star of the show. And, to benefit from the healing properties of this wonderful spice, all our recipes include a little black pepper and coconut, to activate and absorb its goodness.