Turmeric: The Spice of Life
Turmeric, also known as curcuma longa, is a very common herb, but is it also the “Spice of Life”? Its main characteristics are a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden color. People across the globe use this spice in their cooking. The spice belongs in the ginger family and has been highly prized in culinary traditions in India and Asia as far back as 2,000 BC.
According to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems.
Here are 5 easy ways to incorporate turmeric (and all it’s amazing health benefits!) into your daily diet.
- Toss it with roasted vegetables.
Turmeric’s slightly warm and peppery flavor works especially well with cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables.
- Add it to scrambles and frittatas.
Use a pinch of turmeric in scrambled eggs, a frittata, or tofu scramble. If you or your family are new to turmeric, this is a great place to start because the color is familiar and the flavor subtle.
- Use it in soups.
A bowl of vegetable or chicken soup feels even more warming when it’s tinged with golden turmeric.
- Blend it into a smoothie.
While fresh turmeric root is especially great in juices and smoothies, a pinch of ground spice is good, too. The slightly pungent flavor is usually well masked in smoothies.
- Make tea.
Simmer turmeric with milk and honey to make an earthy and comforting beverage.