It’s probably hiding in your spice rack and you don’t even know it… It’s yellow, mild flavoured, and chances are, you’ve had it in your curry or on your hotdog…Any idea? The next big superfood movement…turmeric.
Turmeric is the spice that makes mustard and curry bright yellow. The ancient herb not only is a powerful colouring agent, but it is also rich in many properties that make it highly beneficial to ones health.
Turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicines. Most notably, it has been associated with anti-cancer properties and has potent anti-inflammatory compounds called curcuminoids.
Curcuminoids have long been associated with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, carpel tunnel and joint inflammation. Because turmeric stimulates bile production in the gallbladder, it aids in digestion, particularly for people with irritable bowel (IBS) symptoms, upset stomach, excess gas, and bloating.
“Each spice has a special day to it. For turmeric it is Sunday, when light drips fat and butter-colored into the bins to be soaked up glowing, when you pray to the nine planets for love and luck.” Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices
Furthermore, turmeric has been associated with lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, improving eye sight and various eye infections, as well as aiding in skin afflictions.
The best way to consume turmeric is by partnering it with black pepper as this increases the absorption rates. Turmeric is widely used in soups, curries, sauces, marinades, rice dishes, and the latest big trend, turmeric milk.
Bonus: Turmeric Milk Recipe (2 mins prep. time)
1 cup milk (dairy or vegan substitute)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1 dash of black pepper
1 tbsp honey (to taste)
1/4 tsp of vanilla (optional)
1. Lightly heat all ingredients in a small pot over low heat, whisking occasionally (approx 2-3 mins)
2. Take off heat just before it comes to a boil and let cool for a minute or until desired safe warm temperature
3. Add more honey to sweeten if required
* For a richer and creamier beverage, stir in some coconut or whipping cream