Spice in Focus: Turmeric

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family and it’s native to Southeast Asia. It’s commonly used in food (often in curries) and as a dye. Turmeric rhizomes (the fleshly root-like structure) can be used fresh or in powder form.

Typically, the powdered form is made by boiling the fresh rhizomes, then baking till dried, and grinding into a powder. Turmeric powder has a beautiful deep orange color.

Turmeric is used in many Asian dishes. Especially in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking – Indian and Nepali cuisines both use it in savory and sweet dishes, Indonesian cuisine includes it in soups and stir-fry dishes, and Persian cuisine uses it in stews and as a base in spice mixtures. It was also used in medieval Europe as an alternative to saffron which was an incredibly expensive spice at the time, a pound of it was equal to 30 day’s wages.

What can you do with turmeric?

Turmeric can be used in many ways. One of its primary uses is in food, where it adds a pungent, mustard-like flavor. It can change the color of a dish significantly – especially when used in rice, curries, yogurt, and cakes.

Turmeric also has rumored health benefits, although we recommend consulting with your doctor before using it in a medicinal capacity. It’s often used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for poor digestion, colds, and throat infections.

It is also used in a variety of rituals around the world. In some Asian countries, it’s considered good luck to rub it on babies’ foreheads or wear it during a wedding ceremony.

Recipes that use turmeric

Below is a list of recipes that feature turmeric from some wonderful bloggers!

And finally, a little something for your puppy friend!

Homemade Turmeric and Fish Gourmet Dog Treats from



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