Ground Turmeric provides a warm, aromatic flavor with a slightly bitter undertone. Coming from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, in the ginger family, it has a mild fragrance reminiscent of orange and ginger. Its intense yellow color is often used to color foods, such as curry powder and mustard.
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Storage & handling
Store in a cool, dry place.
Ground turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, related to the ginger family, which gives it a mild fragrance reminiscent of orange and ginger. This versatile herb is native to tropical Southeast Asia, where it has been harvested for more than 5,000 years.
The name "turmeric" comes from the Latin "terra merita," meaning "meritorious earth," in reference to the root's color, which is reminiscent of mineral pigment. Also known as "Indian saffron" because of its similarly intense yellow color, turmeric has been utilized as a dye for curry, traditional yellow mustard and even textiles. Its culinary use dates back almost 4,000 years, to ancient Vedic culture, which gave rise to the traditional Indian practice of Ayurvedic medicine. The Vedics used turmeric in cooking, and it also had religious significance. Turmeric is still used today in rituals of the Hindu religion, including weddings, and is also used as a dye for Buddhist holy robes.
Turmeric is a common ingredient in numerous Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines, where it is used to add flavor and color to rice, as well as many vegetable and meat dishes. It is a primary ingredient in most commercial curry powders, and is sometimes used to impart a rich yellow color to food products ranging from yellow cake mix to orange juice to popcorn butter to baked goods.
Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to help fight inflammation and keep blood sugar levels steady. Early research suggests that curcumin may be helpful in the treatment or prevention of some illnesses, including diabetes.
Savory scallion pancakes are a Chinese take-out classic, and are usually accompanied by a zesty ginger-infused soy sauce for dipping. In this recipe, the simple pan-fried flatbread is given extra flavor and a burst of bright color from our Ground Turmeric.