Turmeric Is the Super Spice That Does It All
There's no shortage of foods that boast health-boosting powers, but if you're over kale (is that even possible?), we've got another good-for-you ingredient that'll shake up your routine: turmeric. The vibrant spice has been around for years — 4,000 to be exact — but it's having a major resurgence with creative cooks everywhere, moving beyond classic curries and into smoothies, sweets and everything in between.
What it is: Used for centuries in Chinese and Indian medicine as a powerful anti-inflammatory, turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. It has a warm, peppery flavor and a bright orange color that comes from the root's deep orange flesh.
Why you'll want to eat it: Not only does it add vibrant color and dimension to dishes, the anitoxidant-packed powder has some pretty amazing (and proven) health benefits too. It's most well-known for its anti-inflammatory powers, which help curb heartburn and indigestion, but it can also improve circulation and fight cancer-causing free radicals and Alzheimer's thanks to curcumin, a powerful antioxidant.
How to eat it: Turmeric is an essential ingredient in Indian curries and even yellow mustard, but that's not the only way to get your fix. Here are a few unexpected ways to eat and drink the age-old spice:
- Chocolate Turmeric Smoothie via Wandering Root
- Hot, Spiced Turmeric Milk Recipe via My Second Breakfast
- Roasted Slap Fries with Srirachannaise by viblanco via Food52
- Turmeric Tonic via Bon Appetit
- Turmeric, Banana & Blood Orange Muffins via Vidaya Living
Feature image via Wandering Root