Turmeric is a well-known curry-making spice that possesses a conspicuous deep orange-yellow color in its powdered form. It is derived from the rhizomes of the Curcum Longa plant that is native to south west India. Turmeric powder is used extensively in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine where it’s used as a main ingredient in a majority of savory dishes. This is due to the distinct flavor that turmeric has which is characterized by being earthy, hot, peppery and slightly bitter. In addition, it has a sort of mustardy fragrance which is quite akin to ginger and orange fruit aromas. Outside South Asia, however, turmeric is used significantly as a coloring agent and has found use in the preparation of pastries such as yellow cakes and biscuits; dairy products, ice scream, sauces, popcorn color, gelatins, cereals amongst many more others.
Culinary applications are not the only uses of turmeric. It has firmly been established that turmeric is an
incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory medicine. It has been applied since antiquity in Chinese and Indian medical systems in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments and conditions which include but limited to: jaundice, flatulence, bruises, chest pains, toothaches, menstrual challenges, bloody urine, and hemorrhages amongst others.
Many pet owners are using turmeric for dogs and cats. It’s a great herbal supplement thanks to the powerful active ingredient called curcumin. Curcumin is what give turmeric its healing powers. Yet, it only contains about 5% of curcumin in its total weight.