|Turmeric in it's fresh state.|
The flavor of turmeric is not very powerful--kind of a dull mustardy flavor. It's usually used in conjunction with other spices--for example, as a main ingredient in curry powders.
Turmeric is a rhizome--a root much like ginger--and is used in many parts of the world in it's fresh form. We know it better after it's been boiled, dried and ground into a fine, orangish powder. It adds color in many dishes and is often used commercially for it's color.
As is the case with many spices, turmeric is a good spice to use for it's healthy benefits. Many studies are still ongoing, but turmeric is thought to:
- slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.
- help prevent the formation and spreading of many forms of cancer.
- help in the treatment of arthritis (it's a natural anti-inflammatory).
- help in healing of skin conditions and burns (it's a natural antiseptic).
- help to reduce the risk of childhood leukemia.
- be a natural liver detoxifier.