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Turmeric is the dried root of the plant Curcuma longa. Noted for its bright yellow color, the root is related to and similar in size to ginger. Turmeric's flavor resembles a combination of ginger and pepper.


Turmeric is a powerful coloring agent. Used to color and flavor prepared mustard, pickles, relish, chutneys, and rice dishes as well as butter and cheese, turmeric is also used in spice blends such as curry powder and rendangs in the Caribbean, India, North Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia.


India (Alleppey turmeric) is the primary exporter, although Peru and China are additional sources. Alleppey turmeric is highly regarded for its deep yellow to orange-yellow color. Chinese turmeric, which is of comparable quality to Alleppey, is characteristically more brownish in color.


The use of turmeric as a coloring agent for food and fabric dates as far back as 600 B.C. Marco Polo, in 1280, mentioned turmeric in notes of his travels in China: "There is also a vegetable that has all the properties of true saffron, as well as the smell and the color, and yet it is not really saffron." In medieval Europe, turmeric was known as "Indian saffron." Since then, turmeric has been used as an inexpensive substitute for saffron.

curcuma longa


    Bright yellow

    Flavor & Aroma

    Earthy, pungent

    Sensory Profile

    Turmeric has a characteristic musky, earthy aroma and a pungent, slightly bitter flavor.

    powdered turmeric root
      Bobbi Kane 
      Sep. 16, 2010 11:40 am
      The use of Turmeric is supposed to help prevent alzheimers along with Cafinated Coffee and Yellow mustard, exercise and being social.
      May 20, 2012 12:57 pm
      help me find recipes using tumeric please. it is good for arthritis but don't know how much we need daily !!! thanks friends :-)
      May 24, 2012 1:36 pm
      I would like a drink I can add turmeric to without it being too strong. I need this spice for health reasons.
      Jun. 5, 2012 6:32 pm
      I also am looking for recipes using tumeric.
      Jun. 19, 2012 10:02 am
      I am trying to cut back on arthritis meds and have read that Turmeric and Ginger have properties that help reduce inflammation. I'd like to know how to use these spices and in what quantities that would be helpful. I am not especially fond of Ginger but a little bit is ok. Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you, Moemoe4
      Jul. 10, 2012 1:23 pm
      Try it with vegetable stir-fry's and chicken and rice dishes. Turmeric is in many foods as it is used as a natural way to dye foods like mustard. You can also buy supplements under the name Curcumin and take 500mg per day.
      Jul. 24, 2012 6:17 pm
      I guess lots of us are looking for recipes using Turmeric. Anyone find any besides the Pork Roast????
      Aug. 11, 2012 1:27 am
      May it's just my taste buds or poor quality turmeric but I can't really taste it. I'd rather use saffron.
      Sep. 5, 2012 8:28 am
      I was told by GI Dr, to use turmeric as a natural anti-inflammatory, since I can't take the meds as I am allergic to them.Plus, there are 9 other spices that are natural inflammatory's. I sprinkle it liberally on an apple for breakfast every morning.
      Sep. 11, 2012 9:07 am
      There seems be be quite a few right on this site, try using the link below. If the link doesn't work, I just googled "recipes using turmeric" and this is the page that came up second in the list.

      Aug. 20, 2013 5:01 pm
      Where can i find Turmeric?
      Apr. 11, 2014 4:39 pm
      I put 1/4 tsp. of tumeric in a 1/2 cup of broth for pain relief. It works almost instantly.
      Apr. 11, 2014 4:43 pm
      You can buy tumeric in the grocery stores or on line.
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