Farmers Market: Turmeric

Turmeric is an herb which is used in traditional Eastern medicine because of its health benefits. The herb is in the same family as ginger. It is grown in many tropical regions. The root of turmeric is brown with an orange flesh. The root is boiled, dried and ground to make what we know as turmeric powder. The plant produces no seeds. The root herb has no cholesterol and is also rich in dietary fiber. It is full of vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium. The health benefits of turmeric including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Just a little turmeric in your diet can prevent anemia, memory disorders and protect against cancer, some diseases and even stroke.

While turmeric is available year-round in the grocery stores, it is also easily grown in a home garden. It is a popular herb which also can be used as a food colorant, natural food preservative and as flavoring. It can easily stain clothes, so it's important to wash immediately with soap and water. The culinary uses of turmeric include to flavor meat and vegetables, in soups, breads, sauces and more.

Try turmeric in your next recipe, such as pork chops or even Tikka Masala!

 

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