Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Other Names: Yellow Ginger, Indian Saffron

Medicinal Uses: Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Low cholesterol, Cancer and HIV
Arthritis
 
Turmeric: (spice)  Orange colored roots (rhizomes) of a member of the ginger family. Provides color for prepared mustards, curry powder, mayonnaise, sauces, pickles, relishes.
Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color. 

Turmeric powder should be kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place. Fresh turmeric rhizome should be kept in the refrigerator. If you are able to find turmeric rhizomes in the grocery store, you can make your own fresh turmeric powder by boiling, drying and then grinding it into a fine consistency. Add turmeric to egg salad to give it an even bolder yellow color. Mix brown rice with raisins and cashews and season with turmeric, cumin and coriander. Turmeric is a great spice to complement recipes that feature lentils. Give salad dressings an orange-yellow hue by adding some turmeric powder to them

 
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