What is Turmeric

Turmeric is a common spice used across the world. Turmeric benefits in health are also widely recognized. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.  Turmeric needs plenty of rainfall to survive and is typically found in the tropical region of South Asia. Turmeric is used in cooking and turmeric benefits in health are currently being studied. Turmeric is harvest for their roots. During medieval time it was commonly referred to as Indian Saffron, since it was cheaper than saffron spice.

They are prepared by boiling the roots for several hours than dried in an oven. After being dried they are ground into a fine yellow powder that is used for seasoning in curries, and for coloring. Turmeric has a distinct taste it has a slightly peppery, earthy, bitter taste.

Because Turmeric grows wild in South Eastern Asia it has become commonly used in Indian, Persian, and Thai dishes. Outside of South Asia turmeric is commonly used for its color. Used in baking, beverages, ice cream, yogurt, cereals, mustards,  and sauces. Besides being used dried turmeric is also used fresh similar to ginger and it is sometimes pickled.

Turmeric benefits are currently being studied in medical research. Turmeric is currently being investigated for benefits for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and other disorders. Currently there are 63 different registered clinical studies for turmeric benefits in health. It also used as a anti-septic for bruises, cuts, and burns. It is also consumed as a tea in Okinawa, Japan.

There are also turmeric benefits in cosmetics. It is believed to improve skin and be an anti-aging agent. Staining skin with turmeric is believed to improve skin tone and tan. It is also used in some sunscreens.

Turmeric also has other benefits, it is used in gardening to repel ants. It is used across India in wedding ceremonies. And it is sometimes used as a fabric dye.