Turmeric powder is ground from the root of a tropical perennial thought to be native to Southeast Asia and has been used extensively throughout history as a color additive for food and textiles. In addition to adding vibrant yellow color to dishes, turmeric has an earthy, pungent flavor that is very versatile and works well with spices like cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, and cumin.
It is a common ingredient in curries and is often used in Indian and Moroccan cuisine. Also try in pickles, relish, sausage, dry rubs, and on fish. We use turmeric in our Adobo Seasoning and Maghreb Seasoning.
Turmeric has been used in both medical and religious applications throughout history. It is featured in Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India, as a mild digestive. It is also combined with water to make an Asian cosmetic that is said to good for the skin. Additionally, this spice is high in antioxidants, making it a great addition to many dishes from a health prospective.
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