What Does Turmeric Taste Like

What Is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a perennial plant in the ginger family. It’s native to south Asia and has an orange yellow colouring. It’s highly regarded as a spice but is only grown in certain areas due to the specific conditions which it requires to grow including high rainfall. The spice itself is extracted from the rhizomes (roots) of the plant and most often ground into a powder to be added to savoury dishes. It’s often used in place of Saffron (a more expensive spice) as well as to add more colour to some dishes.

How It Tastes

Turmeric is commonly used with other spices, rarely on its own. Its taste is bitter and astringent while its smell is aromatic.

Tips

Turmeric is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and is highly regarded by certain people as a natural treatment for a range of medical conditions.

What Does Hyssop Taste Like?

Hyssop plant with purple flowersWhat Is Hyssop?

Hyssop is an astringent and aromatic herb from the mint family. Its leaves are commonly used for cooking and herbal preparations and the twigs and branches were commonly used for purification rituals in Bible times.

How it tastes

The most well known hyssop has a very pungent and strong minty flavor. However there are different varieties of hyssop around the world, and the tastes vary depending on which type is used. The other types have flavors similar to oregano, anise and peppercorn, respectively.

Tips

Hyssop has a very strong flavour, so only a small amount is required in cooking. In herbal remedies, it is most commonly used to alleviate respiratory issues and lower mucous levels.

What Does Watercress Taste Like?

Watercress leavesWhat is watercress?

Watercress belongs to the same family as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. This family of vegetables is known as the Brassicacaea family. Watercress also is a strong natural antibiotic. It also contains B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, carotene, calcium, fiber, iron and copper. The best way to consume watercress is in the fresh, raw form, as the most potent parts of it are present in the fresh juice.

How it Tastes

Watercress has a bitter tang to it. It also is quite spicy and hot, making it a popular addition to plain or neutrally flavored foods. The younger plants have a milder taste, while mature plants have a much stronger flavor.

Tips

When dried or cooked, Watercress releases a deliciously unexpected, flowery aroma. Despite it’s strong natural healing properties when taken in the raw form, continuing to eat it over extended periods may be linked to cystitis or other bladder problems because of its strong diuretic properties. Eating small amounts of watercress regularly however, can prevent prostate or colon cancer.

Other Uses

When the juice of the watercress is applied to the hair and scalp, it can help the hair grow thicker, healthier and more luxuriously.

What Does Cardamom Taste Like?

Cardamom seedsWhat is cardamom?

Cardamom seeds are an aromatic spice belonging to the ginger family. They’re native to Sri Lanka and parts of India.

How it tastes

Green cardamom is the most commonly known variety and has a sweet spicy flavor with hints of citrus. Some people describe it as a cross between cinnamon and ginger.

  • Yellow or brown is said to have a stronger flavor and be slightly smoky.
  • White cardomom is quite rare and has a much milder flavor.
  • Cardomom is astringent and very strong though, so only a small amount is required to add flavor to most cooking.

Tips

Cardamom is quite an expensive spice because of the cost involved in cultivation. The seeds are often munched after a meal as a digestive aid, in some countries.

Green cardomom is the most commonly known and used type.