Turmeric is a semi-aquatic member of the ginger family that naturally occurs throughout Southeast Asia. The long, golden-colored taproot is the source of the dried spice we know as turmeric and as the primary seasoning in curry. The warm, spicy and slightly bitter taste of turmeric is widely used to season a variety of meat, rice and vegetable dishes in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. The spice is also used to produce a deep yellow dye for coloring various textiles. Because turmeric represents fidelity and fertility in Indian culture, it plays a role in traditional weddings. Ground turmeric is also used to make pastes for topical use on the skin.
|cosmetic||Add to tinted moisturizer or powdered foundation for glowing skin. Turmeric is also used in soapmaking.|
|culinary||Use in tea blends, curry dishes and baked goods.|
|household||Turmeric yields a marigold-colored dye that is used to tint wool and other textiles.|
1oz dried Turmeric root powder