Not only has Turmeric been used as the Motherload of Spices, but also a healing remedy or textile dye. Turmeric is native to Indonesia and India for more than 5,000 years! The flavor resembles a peppery taste, bittersweet, with a mild scent reminiscent of ginger to which its related. Turmeric is mostly used as one of the ingredients used to make curry powder.
Turmeric contains a unique phytonutrient curcumin, which has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and has been found to promote optimal liver function. Turmeric is also rich in minerals such as iron and manganese…..not to mention, it’s low in calories! 2 teaspoons contains around 16 calories.
Usually, you can find fresh Turmeric in the refrigerated section of your local market, but most of the time, I’ll just purchase mine in powder form in the spice section. Turmeric powder however, should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark, dry place where it will keep fresh for about 6 months. Fresh Turmeric should be kept in the refrigerator. Since Turmeric is used as a dye in some places, be careful when using it as it can easily stain things, including clothes and counter surfaces.
Ways To Enjoy Turmeric
1. You can use it in salad dressings to give it a boost of extra nutritional value and add some color to it.
2. Add Turmeric to egg salad for even bolder yellow color and extra nutrition.
3. Mix some in with brown rice or pastas.
4. Turmeric is a great spice to compliment the taste of legumes such as lentils and or steamed vegetables.
Turmeric health benefits include:
- Anti-inflammatory protection
- Promotes joint health
- Promotes liver detoxification
- Promotes heart health
- The curcumin found in Turmeric is said to block an enzyme that promotes head & neck cancer
- Relieves arthritis
- Controls diabetes
- Heals wounds
- Improves digestion
Additional benefits from Turmeric include a concentrated source of heart-healthy dietary fiber, Vitamin B6 and Potassium, energy-producing Iron, and free-radical scavenging Manganese. So not only does it turn any meal into a tasty, spicy plethora of nutritional goodness, but also good to keep on-hand for most natural home remedies, salves and teas for example.
No spice cabinet is complete without the goodness of Turmeric! 🙂