The Queen of Spices, not only is it great to add depth and flavour, or add colour to a dish or even add to your chai…
Turmeric is also recognised as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. Also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fibre, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.
It has also been linked with countless other benefits too!
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How use fresh turmeric root?
- Add grated turmeric root to stews and soups. Although Indian curries are an obvious fit, you can use turmeric in a wide variety of dishes. Try it in butternut squash or vegetable soup or a stir fry.
- Add it to rice or other whole grains before cooking. Both the colour and flavour will pop.
- Stir some grated turmeric root into your tuna, egg, or tofu salad.
- Whisk fresh turmeric root into a vinaigrette or any other salad dressing. Drizzle over raw salads or cooked vegetables.
- Make compound butter. Mash grated turmeric root and ground black pepper into softened butter and melt over grilled fish or roasted vegetables.
- Add a small chunk to your smoothie.
- Try juicing some fresh turmeric root and using it to spice up other fruit and vegetable juice blends. It pairs especially well with ginger juice.
- Add grated turmeric to scrambled or devilled eggs.
- Make turmeric tea. Simmer grated turmeric and ginger in hot water for several minutes to make a warming tea.
- Try golden milk. Simmer grated turmeric and ginger along with a few black peppercorns, cinnamon stick, and cardamom pods in milk or soy milk for several minutes. Strain and serve with a touch of honey.
How to store turmeric
Wash your turmeric root, shake it dry, and then wrap it in a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Store it in an open plastic bag in your vegetable crisper. Stored this way, it will keep for 2-3 weeks. If you hang on to it for too long, it will either dry out and shrivel or get mouldy. If that happens, toss it.
How to prepare it
Use a grater to finely grate the root. (No need to peel it.) Fresh turmeric root can stain your fingers and fingernails so you may want to protect them with latex gloves. It may also leave a sticky orange residue on your grater. Scrubbing with hot soapy water should remove it.
TIP: To remove (or at least fade) turmeric stains on your fingers, try rubbing your hands with fresh lemon juice. Use a nail brush to scrub your fingernails. Then wash with hot soapy water.