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Turmeric - Absolutely To Dye For

Tumeric When I was in my early 20s, I spent a year living in a small village near Bombay (now Mumbai), India. I learned a lot that year! One of the things I found so interesting was the culinary use of medicinal spices and the precise understanding of the uses of these spices for healing. Food is medicine - that was a given! I'll always remember that when someone caught a cold, they were given hot milk (often Buffalo milk) with a small spoonful of turmeric stirred in.

Turmeric, an herb from the ginger family, is a powerful antioxidant and supports healthy inflammation. It's been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic Indian medicine for centuries. The benefits of turmeric come from curcumin, the active constituent, which appears to have a wide range of therapeutic benefits, including protection from free radical damage and promoting healthy inflammatory response in the body. It also helps protect the liver and may help to improve circulation and promote healthy blood vessels and circulation.

If you like curry, you are already familiar with turmeric's sharp and earthy flavor. Turmeric tastes pleasantly spicy - suitable for vegetables, meat, seafood and even fruit-based desserts. A little goes a long way, though, and the flavor gets stronger as it cooks. Turmeric's dark yellow, almost orange color will strongly tint anything you add it to - a wonderfully natural food dye. Here are some ways I've used turmeric, just remember that the color of your dish will change!

  • Moroccan Braised Lamb and EggplantAdd 1/4 teaspoon to a pot of grain while cooking. Best bets: brown rice, Basmati rice, quinoa or millet
  • Stir 1/2 to 1 teaspoon into a pot of soup
  • Add a dash to your favorite guacamole
  • Add a healthy pinch to a container of hummus
  • Mix a little into bean spreads for sandwiches
  • Stir fry veggies such as broccoli, onion, carrots and sweet peppers, and add a pinch of turmeric along with some ginger, garlic and tamari
  • Stir a dash into yogurt
  • Make a banana smoothie truly yellow by adding a pinch of turmeric
  • Make salad dressing and add a pinch, or add it to your favorite bottled dressing

You'll find turmeric used abundantly in Eastern and Middle Eastern dishes as a seasoning and a condiment, and for obvious reasons, a culinary dye! You'll also find it used in plenty of our own delicious recipes. Here are some to whet your appetite:

Are you familiar with turmeric? Got a favorite recipe? I'd love to hear your experiences.

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kathleen says …

Dies Whole Foods sell organic Turmeric and is it realy necessary touse that instead of non organic? Alos please let me know the price of the items. Thank you.

karen says …

Do you carry tumeric paste powder or tea at wellington store in south florida

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KAREN - Our exact products will differ between stores. Check with the Wellington store directly at 561.904.4000 to find out what they have in stock before heading over.

anonymous says …

I would really like to hear how Whole Foods quality assures their powdered turmeric (presumably sourced from India) to make sure there is no lead content. This seems to be a common problem with Indian spices as individual suppliers, small and large are paid by weight and lead is sometimes snuck in to make weight.

char says …

I have read that turmeric is fat soluable. Does that mean u also need the oil when u use the fresh tumeric.

chau says …

do you have white turmeric powder or white turmeric fresh root .thank yuo

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHAU - Our exact products will differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they have this in stock!

Charlotte A. Williams says …

Thanks for the informative posting. I am trying to be more healthy being eating more 'natural' products and to fight my hyperthyroidism symptoms and asthma and lastly sinus. thanks again

janis says …

do you sell the turmeric root in your store that is fresh

Susan Nguyen says …

Thanks so much for the information. I hope your content is verified and validated from reliable source. Th

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JANIS - Our exact options will differ between stores. Check with your local store directly to see if they have fresh turmeric in stock.

Patricia says …

where can i found i mean which stored can findTurmeric ???