This tiny root is packed with a rich earthy flavour and golden colour, traditionally it was called “Indian Saffron” because of its colour. The root as a warm, spicey flavour with a slight bitterness, the root has a very subtle ginger flavour but also citrusey tangs.
The real magic of turmeric lies in what this incredible super root can do. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties. The volatile oil component of the root has been shown to have a similar anti-inflammatory effect as some over the counter anti-inflammatories but without any of the negative side-effects. For sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis the high levels of anti-oxidants found in the root can help reduce stiffness and discomfort.
Turmeric has also been demonstrated as a strong cancer fighting agent. Research papers dating back more than 15-years have shown the roots ability to combat the growth of cancer cells.
Turmeric has also shown an improvement in the outcome of many diseases like alzheimers, cholesterol, colon cancer, prostate cancer, liver function. If you look at all the possible health benefits add to that the fact that it is actually delicious and you have no reason to not make it a part of your every day diet.
Be careful when handling fresh turmeric as the brilliant yellow colour will stain your finger tips, it will wash out though. If you are using ground turmeric try not buying it from a retailer where it may have been sitting for ages, Indian spice shops are your best bet, they sell sufficient quantities that it will be nice and fresh but you can still purchase a small quantity by weight.