Although the Fair Seas Spice Co. has been carrying turmeric powder for quite some time, we’ve just recently received a new batch of awesome looking, and tasting turmeric root. So what better time than today to write a little something something about it.
What can be said about turmeric that hasn’t already been said? First of all it tastes good. Don’t believe me? Ask Asia and the Middle East, they will back up my claim. Also, from what we hear, turmeric is a super spice. People literally go nuts touting the myriad of health benefits turmeric provides, and for good reason.
Let’s cover some turmeric basics.
Turmeric, part of the ginger family, is native to the forests of tropical South and Southeast Asia. Commonly known for its deep orangey yellow color, Turmeric will stain the hell out of your clothes. Turmeric is found in curries (saying it’s found in curries is a formality, every spice under the sun is found in one curry or another) as well as many other South Asian and Middle Eastern dishes. Turmeric also gives mustard in vibrant yellow colour, yes it does.
Turmeric is mostly used in savoury dishes, typically in its dried powdered form, but it’s also used fresh, sliced or grated, much like ginger. In India, Turmeric is used commonly in Ayurvedic medicine, and it is currently being investigated for possible benefits in Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis and other clinical disorders.
Interestingly, Turmeric can also be used to deter ants! Now if I could only deter my annoying Aunt I’d be golden.
So there you have it, the skinny on turmeric.