What’s so great about turmeric?

September 29, 2016 11:13 am Published by 1 Comment

We handle a fair amount of turmeric at Naturally Good Food. In addition to the pre-packs from Crazy Jack, Organic Herb Trading and Midland Herb, we pack down bulk bags of organic turmeric under our Soil Association organic licence.

Turmeric: as good for your insides as it looks on the outside!

Turmeric: mesmerisingly bright!

It’s lovely stuff: glowing, luminous, mesmerisingly bright. Staring into a brown paper bag containing a kilo or so of turmeric powder is like looking into an enchanted cave.

And it’s just as wonderful for your insides – and for your cooking – too. Indeed, rather as we predicted, turmeric has become one of the big health items this year. It’s not completely new to any of us, of course – it’s been a staple of any British attempt at Indian cooking for decades, and has featured in our cuisine for hundreds of years. However, it’s only in the last few years that it’s started to be associated with some serious health benefits.

In India, by contrast, turmeric has always been seen as a ‘medicinal’ herb. Its main active ingredient is curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, and is a strong antioxidant. Turmeric is thought to inhibit the growth of new blood vessels in certain cancers, to have positive effects on cholesterol, to help with indigestion and to help fight colds and flu. Some research points to positive benefits in limiting the effects of dementia – and, most recently, scientific experiments have indicated a likely role in preventing the cell transformations associated with cancer, asthma and eczema.

And turmeric feels good for you, of course. If you’re feeling weary, or small, or rather like evening might be falling too hard, then a spoonful of turmeric in a curry or soup not only boosts the dish, but can really raise your flagging spirits.

A few good things to do with turmeric

Here’s a few good things you can do with turmeric:

  • In curry: it’s the obvious one, of course, but you might want to sneak in an extra spoonful to turbo-charge it.
  • Why not throw in an extra spoonful of turmeric?

    Turbo-charge your curry!

  • In kedgeree: gives your kedgeree a lovely golden colour and increased healthiness.
  • In delicious ginger and turmeric oatcakes, already made for you by Rude Health and thoroughly tested by the staff at Naturally Good Food.
  • In soups: for a warming edge, stir in a spoonful.
  • On roast potatoes: just before roasting. Also works well with other, similar vegetables, to give a touch of heat.
  • In scrambled egg: a more unusual option, giving a deeper colour and taste. Best with free-range eggs with full-flavoured yolks, and a pinch of salt.
  • In an omelette – and why not add some chillies too, for a spicy change?
  • Make a tea with it: simmer with milk, honey or other sweetener, and some ground ginger. Play around with the ingredients to find what works best for you. This is just what you need when you can feel a cold threatening…

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