Turmeric or Curcuma longa, is a flowering plant in the ginger family Zingiberaceae. It is a perennial, rhizomatous, herbaceous plant native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia that requires temperatures between 20 and 30 C and high annual rainfall to thrive. Plants are gathered each year for their rhizomes, some for propagation in the following season and some for consumption.
Turmeric has many uses, including as a seasoning and for its health benefits as
- Reducing joint pain
- Boosting cognitive function and mood
- Supporting heart health
- Lessening inflammation
- Lessening pain
- Fighting free radicals
- Lowering risk of heart disease
Turmeric can be used as a seasoning in many dishes, including bean dishes, rice dishes, whole grains, soups, stews, sauces, marinades, and pickling brines. It can also be used to add color to breakfast scrambles, mac and cheese, cakes, and desserts.