Whether you are wandering through the spice aisle of a health food store, drinking a
“ Golden Milk Latte” at a new age café or watching a food related t.v. show you will eventually realize that Turmeric is rapidly becoming the next trending food item. However, if you have grown up in a South-Asian household you know that this bright spice was, is, and always will be a staple in the household.

But what is this new up-and-coming spice and where are its roots placed? Turmeric has embedded its roots in the continent of Asia for thousands of years – around 2,500 years to be exact.  In fact, India is currently the world’s largest Turmeric maker and supplier. Its deeply rich yellow color lends to its first use as a clothing dye but it has also been used to dye and preserve foods such as cheese, yogurt and rice.  However, it is not simply used as a dye and preservative.  It has a plethora of uses, one of the primary ones being a common nutritional add on in many south Asian dishes.  

Turmeric has an acquainted appearance familiar because it belongs to the ginger family. It may even be mistaken for its gnarly rooted family member.  Although, both come in root forms, Turmeric is most commonly used when ground up into a powder.  However, unlike ginger – which has a sharp spicy-yet-tangy taste – Turmeric has more of a pungently earthy taste.  Nevertheless, if sprinkled in moderation while cooking it is virtually tasteless, making it incredibly versatile.

 

Now, for those who have never tasted Turmeric or don’t know how to add it into your diet don’t fret! Below are five simple ways you can eat and / or drink this wonderfully variable spice:

1. Make a “Golden Milk Latte” or as it is traditionally known “Haldi Doodh” (translated literally to mean turmeric milk) – This easy recipe only requires warm milk, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and turmeric all stirred together to make a delicious drink.  I remember my mom making me this when I was feeling a little under the weather and it would always have a soothing effect.  

2. Make Turmeric Tea – Yet another comforting way of consuming turmeric .  All you need is some boiled water, a bit of milk, ginger, turmeric and honey (for taste).  

3. Add some Turmeric to your morning smoothie – If you love your breakfast on the go or are an avid smoothie consumer you will love this method.  Just add a sprinkling of Turmeric in your green or fruit smoothie – don’t worry the pungent taste is well masked by the vegetables / fruits.  

4. Sprinkle a light coating on your rice to enhance its look and flavor – Adding ¾ teaspoon of turmeric, a cinnamon stick, cloves, and a bay leaf to your regular rice recipe will create a vibrantly aromatic variation to a familiar recipe.

5. Add a dash of Turmeric to your greens, vegetables and soups –Turmeric pairs well with any vegetarian or non-vegetarian dish including those made with cauliflower, potatoes, kale, cabbage and chicken.

 

Of course, you are not limited to using Turmeric with just the ways listed above.  As long as you are staying within the acceptable amounts of daily variable Turmeric consumption, you are free to explore and enjoy.  Embrace this super food’s true flexibility and find your own way of utilizing this super food and trust me this food has a wide range in its utility.  Stay tuned to find out more!   

 

For more information on exactly food recipe’s and suggested daily intake please feel free to visit the sites below:

http://www.thekitchn.com/7-ways-to-eat-drink-turmeric-198696

http://www.livestrong.com/article/104916-recommended-dosages-turmeric/

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