If you’re even slightly interested in cooking and baking or even health, well being, skin and hair care then you’ve probably heard of the incredibly versatile and vibrant ingredient known as Turmeric. But what do we really know about this popular ingredient?
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a flowering plant, Curcuma longa of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking.
Where does Turmeric come from?
The plant is a perennial, rhizomatous, herbaceous plant native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
What’s the history of Turmeric?
Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years. It was first used as a dye, and then later for its supposed properties in medicine. Although the precise origin of turmeric is not known, it appears to have originated from tropical Southeast Asia.
What does Turmeric taste like?
Turmeric is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes, imparting a mustard-like, earthy aroma and slightly bitter flavour to foods. It is used mostly in savoury dishes, but also is used in some sweet dishes.
Should I use fresh or dried Turmeric for culinary use?
Most turmeric is used in the form of rhizome powder to impart a golden yellow colour. Although typically used in its dried, powdered form, turmeric can also be used fresh, like ginger.
Does Turmeric contain essential oils?
Some 34 essential oils are present in turmeric, among which turmerone, germacrone, atlantone, and zingiberene are major constituents.
What are the benefits of Turmeric?
Turmeric is a bright shade of orange/yellow which can transform the colour of your dishes to a beautiful golden tone, not to mention it adds life and flavour to an array of recipes. As an extremely versatile ingredient, Turmeric can be used not only for culinary and baking purposes but also cosmetic, crafts, health and well being. It is believed that consuming Turmeric has a number of health benefits and has been said that it can reduce inflammation, support immune systems, protect nerves, support joint health, aides the digestive system and contains antioxidants.
Although long used in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is also know as haridra, no high-quality clinical evidence exists for use of turmeric or its constituent curcumin as a therapy.
What’s different about Alleppy Turmeric to normal Turmeric?
Alleppy Turmeric is darker in colour than the other turmeric products we stock, which makes it great for colouring foods. It’s flavour more closely resembles that of fresh turmeric and it has a somewhat earthy aroma. The texture can be slightly more oily due to the higher curcumin content, so sieving may be required if you wish to blend with other spices.
What’s the easiest way to consume Turmeric?
There are thousands of recipes that contain Turmeric but if you’re look for a quick, daily fix then we suggest making your own Turmeric supplements using capsules. Find everything you need to make your own Turmeric capsules here.
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