Turmeric is one of nature’s extraordinary roots. Think beyond curry. This earthy spice has numerous healing applications, and as an ingredient, is one of the most natural anti-inflammatories.
Turmeric comes from the root of Curcuma longa, a leafy plant in the ginger family. What I am most familiar with is ground turmeric, which comes from fingers that extend from the root. It is boiled or steamed and then dried, and ground.
I love the brilliant yellow color and quickly found out it can be used as a dye. From fingers to shirt, it was a lesson I don’t need to repeat. This ancient spice has also been used for medicinal purposes since 600 BC. It is mildly aromatic and has scents of orange or ginger, but can be slightly bitter. I tend to like bitter, but it’s not for everyone.
Since we seem to be smoothie nation these days, give this one a try. It’s vegan, paleo, and gluten and dairy free.