Our Organic Turmeric comes from the turmeric plant, which is native to southwest India, where it has been cultivated for its rhizome science talk for underground stem for thousands of years. This deep orange colored root like portion of the plant has long been used for culinary, medicinal, and dyeing purposes--and is best known for giving color and flavor to traditional dishes from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Turmeric is widely used throughout Asia, first seen as a culinary spice in India about 4000 years ago. It quickly caught on in neighboring China and Africa, even making it's way to Jamaica around 300 years ago. In medieval Europe, turmeric was known as "Indian saffron" and often used as an alternative in many recipes. Turmeric has also enjoyed status as a holy plant among the peoples of Asia. Hindu monks traditionally wear robes dyed with turmeric and is used as an offering in religious ceremonies by many cultures.
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, and has been used for millennia as a treatment for arthritis and other conditions which cause pain and inflammation. It is also well known for its ability to soothe stomach and other digestive issues, including ulcers. Turmeric works as an antioxidant, is beneficial for heart health, the kidneys and for healing wounds. Promising new research shows that it may also help with depression and many more ailments.
Using at Home
The mouth-watering flavor symphony of turmeric is often described as peppery-mustard like, with a slightly bitter taste and almost earthy scent. However, despite the complex flavor profile, our organic turmeric powder is truly a versatile spice, that can play a role in all kinds of simple healthy recipes. When first getting use to the flavor and potency, try out some simple turmeric uses, like: mixing in a pinch with your scrambled eggs, adding a dash to a pot of quinoa or rice, or using it with other spices to create your own curry-style dish. From soups, stews, braises, and even smoothies used in moderation with your favorite savory dishes, you really can't go wrong. So don't be afraid to get creative!