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What is Turmeric Spice?

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Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family and its 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.

turmeric spice on a wooden spoon
What is turmeric, how to use it, and where to buy it.

Typically, the powdered form is made by boiling the fresh rhizomes, then baking till dried, and grinding them 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.

Turmeric Recipes

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 

Where to Buy Turmeric

Turmeric is available in most grocery stores and from several online vendors. When buying spices, it’s important to make sure you are buying from distributors that sell high-quality spices. We use and love The Spice House's turmeric.

If you'd like to buy your turmeric from Amazon, we recommend Frontier's Ground Turmeric Root.

Do you like spices? Check out some of our other spice guides - sumac spice guide, urfa biber spice guide, and ras el hanout blend.

Natalie Knezic

Thursday 9th of November 2017

I'm really in love with turmeric. It's bright, colorful, flavorful and so HEALTHY. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe collection and thank you for including my Lemon Turmeric Balls.

Emily Wilson

Friday 10th of November 2017

Thank you, Natalie! I love turmeric too!