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