Turmeric, sometimes called Indian saffron or the golden spice, is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and it has powerful and proven health benefits, It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, may help with chronic pain and inflammation. It can also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis, and has the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and aid with cancer. Ayurvedic medicine recommends turmeric for a variety of health conditions. Capsules, teas, powders, and extracts are some of the turmeric products available commercially.
Turmeric adds a warm spiciness and a vivid hue to food. The flavor of fresh turmeric is brighter, more aromatic, and a bit less bitter than the powdered form. Although it is a main ingredient for Indian curries, you can use turmeric in a wide variety of dishes. Try combining Turmeric with cumin, coriander, mustard, and black pepper to make mildly spicy base for a delicious stew or slow simmering vegetable soup.
You can add it to rice or other whole grains before cooking, for both color and flavor. Finely grated fresh turmeric root added into a vinaigrette would add a nice twist to salads and roasted vegetables.
Simmer grated turmeric with other warm spices like ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon, to make a warming tea. The popularity of a comforting drink called Golden Milk is growing, and you can make your own! Simmer grated turmeric and ginger along with a few black peppercorns, cinnamon stick, and cardamom pods in milk or soy milk for several minutes. Strain and serve with a touch of honey.
If you have not tried the earthy, mildly spicy flavor of Turmeric, we hope these suggestions have inspired you! Head over to Edge of the Woods and get some to fresh Turmeric to start experimenting. Are you already a fan of fresh turmeric? We have plenty for you to add your favorite dishes!