'Powerful' is the word that Maree thinks of when handling this yellow-coloured root.
If you read any holistic health or foodie blog, you'll probably stumble across this rhizome. And, you'll need a turmeric latte to read all the purported health benefits like fighting inflammation, breathing problems, easing depression, Alzheimer's and more (and there's scientific evidence to back some of the health claims).
Today turmeric is seen as a supplement, more than a food. But it has culinary uses. As a relative of ginger, fresh turmeric root has an earthy, peppery, warm, bitter flavour and a mild fragrance. It can be grated, juiced or sliced and eaten raw. Cooked, it brings warmth commonly to dishes like curries and fried rice.
*Beware: Turmeric juice stains fingers. Use gloves, or ask someone you don't like to chop or grate it up(!)
- Good for curries (for warmth), smoothies, drinks, fried rice, flavouring or colouring. Can be eaten raw, cooked, dried.
- Store in fridge. It may be stored in the fridge, wrapped in paper towel in an airtight container, where it will keep for a few weeks or more.