PeachDish – Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric {The Superhero}
March 10, 2016 by Mary Alice Shreve, RD, LD

Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric {The Superhero}

What do ballpark hot dogs drizzled with yellow mustard and your grandmother's homemade egg salad have in common? Outside of debuting in Springtime, both these foods are colored by the spice turmeric. Turmeric, also known as "Indian saffron," serves as a natural food coloring and as well as a dye for textiles, but beyond its deep yellow-orange color lies a multitude of health benefits and medicinal qualities.

Native to Indonesia and Southern India, turmeric has been harvested and used culinarily for over 5,000 years. It comes from a plant in the ginger family and has a flavor reminiscent of such. Turmeric is often found dried and ground but can be bought fresh, as well. This warm, peppery spice has been used for centuries by Indian and Chinese cultures.


Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, "curcumin" is the pigment that gives turmeric its notable color. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory known to treat inflammatory bowel diseases and arthritic joint pain. Curcumin also works as an antioxidant, may help the liver detoxify, and can also lower cholesterol. Turmeric is a great source of iron, manganese and potassium. Essentially, it is the superhero of spices!


Turmeric is often used in Indian curry dishes and yellow rice. Chef Freedman utilizes it in this upcoming week's Green Tea Chicken over Spinach & Sprouts with Golden Dressing. Also try our Beef Tenderloin, Brussels Sprouts Salad with Turmeric Dressing- sure to please everyone at your table.


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