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The Wonders of Turmeric

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Discover the Wonders of Turmeric!

When was the last time you ventured into the herbs and spices aisle? Better yet, when did you revamp up a classic dish by using a new spice? Well, while you decide which one to pick for your next culinary adventure, let me introduce to you the increasingly popular turmeric! This marvelous spice is native to South and Southeast Asia and has been heavily used due to its intense mustardy yellow color and earthy flavor. Turmeric is part of the ginger family that we might be more familiar with.

You might be more familiar with Curry powder as a natural food coloring; but it’s curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric that gives curry powder its intense color. Turmeric also imparts a peppery yet slightly bitter flavor, which is so distinctive in Indian cuisine.

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TurmericLatin America has also made great used of this root. South American counties such as Peru (where turmeric is known as “Palillo”), and Bolivia use turmeric in some of their most acclaimed dishes, “Aji de Gallina” in Peru for instance. “Arroz Amarillo” or yellow rice is a popular side dish in most Latin American countries, and of course, it is turmeric powder that imparts the rice with that vibrant yellow color.

But the wonders of turmeric not only include those fantastic culinary properties; there is more to add to the pile that makes turmeric a super intriguing spice. Active research (although inconclusive) has linked turmeric to the prevention and even cure of some type of cancers, and even neurologic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.  Turmeric has also been cited for promoting digestive health and its pain relieving properties.

So, next time you are indecisive about what spice to add to your spice rack, worry no more, try Turmeric! You’ll be glad you did.

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