Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is cultivated in India, China, Indonesia, and other tropical countries. Turmeric is mildly aromatic and has scents of orange or ginger. It has a pungent, bitter flavor.
The name turmeric derives from the Latin word terra merita (meritorious earth), referring to the color of ground turmeric, which resembles a mineral pigment. Because of its brilliant yellow color, it is also known as “Indian saffron.”
Turmeric has a VERY long history of medicinal use, going back nearly 4000 years! Southeast Asia also used it as a principal spice and in religious ceremonies.
What are the benefits of turmeric?
Curcumin (turmeric’s yellow pigment) has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory properties and has very powerful antioxidant effects. These antioxidant actions help protect healthy cells from free radicals which can lead to cancer. In addition to protecting against cancer, turmeric may help in the prevention of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. It also helps lower cholesterol. Much research is being done to determine the many benefits of turmeric/curcumin.
Adding Turmeric to your diet.
Turmeric can be added to many dishes such as eggs, sprinkled on roasted vegetables, added to rice, used in soups, blended into a smoothie, or made into a tea. Word of caution, if you are using fresh turmeric, and sometimes powdered, make sure you wear gloves when peeling or cutting. Otherwise, you will have nicely yellow-colored fingers! (It has been used as a dye for 100’s of years for just this reason.)
Here is a recipe that uses fresh turmeric. It is a great dish to serve with a mixed green salad. Enjoy.
What is your favorite way to add turmeric to your diet? Do you have any great recipes that include turmeric?
Turmeric is an amazing spice with many wonderful properties. Learn all the different uses and grab some great recipes too! Click the link below for the additional recipes.
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