What are the uses of turmeric powder

Turmeric spice

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Latin name of turmeric: Curcuma longa, also called turmeric, turmeric or yellow ginger.

What is turmeric?

The spice is also called turmeric or turmeric and belongs to the ginger family. As with ginger, the plant mainly uses the rhizome. The actual plants sprout from it. The spice is mainly used in India. India is also the largest producer of turmeric, but almost the entire stock is also used in India.

How does turmeric taste?

The spice is characterized by its special taste. It is very similar to that of ginger, but a bit more bitter. It is also a very well known and popular remedy that has very diverse modes of action. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used, among other things, to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is also used for rheumatic inflammation and as an aid in weight loss.

What is turmeric used for?

The turmeric root can be used fresh and dried. Due to its strong coloring effect, it gives the curry powder its yellow color. The plant is therefore also called turmeric.

The use of turmeric is a cheap alternative to the extremely expensive saffron, which is also used as a coloring agent.

Curcuma longa is most commonly used as a spice, especially in Asian countries like India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Arab countries like Iran, Kuwait and Lebanon.

In all of these countries the spice is an essential part of their cuisine.

The taste of turmeric is similar to that of ginger. It is spicy, but a bit more bitter than the taste of ginger. The spice is mainly cooked as a powder, less often as a whole tuber.

Turmeric goes well with:

  • Pasta dishes,
  • Sauces,
  • Rice,
  • Beef,
  • Vegetable curries,
  • Mayonnaise,
  • Soups,
  • Poultry,
  • Eggs,
  • Chutneys,
  • Fish.

The yellow spice should be used sparingly so that the taste does not become too intense. In addition to its health-promoting effect, it is an enrichment for every exotic dish.

In western cuisine, the turmeric spice is used almost exclusively in spice mixtures and used, for example, to refine sauces. In India, however, the spice is an integral part of Ayurveda teaching, which consists of nutrition, yoga, cleansing rites and herbal medicine. The dried turmeric root is also mostly used in India. In Thailand, on the other hand, the fresh turmeric root is used to give fish and meat the slightly burning taste. In Indonesian folk medicine, the turmeric root is used as a remedy for colds and to strengthen the immune system.

In the past, the turmeric root was also used to color paper, wood and textiles. Today it is still used to color foods such as margarine, sausage and mustard. It is listed as an ingredient E100.

In western medicine, the turmeric root is used in many ways to treat and prevent numerous diseases. It plays a role in the treatment of cancer, heart disease and rheumatism.

Where does turmeric come from?

Since the turmeric plant has been grown for thousands of years, the turmeric origin can no longer be precisely determined today. However, it can be assumed that the turmeric root is native to Southeast or South Asia. Although the plant is very old, it came to Europe relatively late.

Scientists suspect that the Venice-born navigator Marco Polo got to know the turmeric root from his voyage in the 14th century and brought it back to Europe. In his book he reported a fruit similar to saffron. The plant even made it into monastery medicine in Europe.

In China, the first reports on the medicinal properties of the plant were written as early as the 7th century. In India, too, the plant has been used as a remedy for centuries and is still an integral part of Indian cuisine today.

Where can I buy the turmeric spice?

It is rarely available as a root, but as a ground version it is one of the most popular spices in our shop. Here you can get turmeric ground in all pack sizes from 50g - 500g in guaranteed best quality:

Ground turmeric in the shop »

The turmeric plant

The turmeric plant (Curcuma longa) is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) and grows mainly in India and Indonesia.

The plant grows to a height of one meter. Their light green leaves are reminiscent of reeds. The plant mainly uses the rhizome as a spice and remedy. It is dried and ground. Curcuma longa is related to the ginger plant, alpinia and cardamom. As with these plants, reproduction takes place through rhizomes, the subterranean root runners.

The turmeric plant places high demands on the soil, temperature and moisture requirements. Its large leaves are about a meter long and form a kind of stem directly above the ground from which the inflorescence grows. The inflorescence is about eight inches high with purple flowers.

Tip for consumption:

Since the spice loses its aroma after a short time, it should always be bought fresh and in small quantities. If it is stored for too long, it not only loses its aroma, but also its essential oils and ingredients lose their effectiveness. The spice should always be kept in a dark and airtight place.

Asian cuisine and turmeric

Store turmeric spice properly

The spice is usually sold in Germany in the form of powder. You should definitely buy the best quality it to ensure its purity. The turmeric roots are divided into different quality classes. The best quality is “finger”, the middle “knot” and the worst “break”.

The spice quickly loses its aroma. It should therefore always be stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight jar. If stored too long, it can take on a slightly mustard-like taste. To keep the yellow color, it should also be stored away from light.

Healthy Turmeric Diet Recipes

In order to maintain a healthy diet with turmeric recipes, the spice can be added to mashed potatoes, dairy dishes, soups or sauces, for example. Even a smoothie or a vegetable juice becomes even more digestible by adding the spice and gets its very own turmeric taste.

So that the spice can be better absorbed by the body, it should be taken together with a teaspoon of oil. Linseed oil is suitable for this.

Turmeric is also often added to other spices. It can be found in high-quality curry mixes. In these mixtures, the individual spices support each other in terms of their effectiveness and taste. The effect of turmeric is mainly supported by the addition of pepper. The absorption capacity for the body is increased by up to 200 percent due to the piperine contained in the pepper.

coffee and tea

Turmeric coffee: In addition to normal ginger, yellow ginger, also called turmeric, is becoming a very popular spice. Turmeric has many health-promoting properties. The curcumin contained in the spice promotes digestion, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and also strengthens the immune system. Meanwhile, turmeric is also mixed in many drinks as well as in coffee. You should definitely try the vegan turmeric-vanilla latte macchiato. It is very healthy and also tastes great.

Ingredients for one serving:

  • 200 ml of plant milk (plant drink) of your choice
  • 1 cup of espresso
  • sweetener at will
  • 2 g spice mixture (turmeric-latte-vanilla)

Preparation: Brew the espresso and heat the vegetable milk in the pot. Foam the plant-based milk vigorously with the milk frother until the desired consistency is obtained.

Pour sweeteners, such as agave syrup, coconut blossom syrup, vanilla syrup, and the spice into a latte macchiato glass. Add the hot plant milk and stir well to distribute the sweetener and seasoning well. Then pour in the finished espresso.

Turmeric tea: As an alternative to coffee, you can drink turmeric tea. It gives you energy for the whole day without the side effects of coffee. For turmeric tea, it is important to use good quality turmeric powder. This is the only way to achieve the positive effect.

Turmeric tea promotes fat burning, so it is well suited for weight loss. The skin becomes cleaner. Life expectancy is increased. You sleep better.

Ingredients for two cups of tea:

  • 500 ml of water
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • 8 peppercorns or "some" ground pepper (increases the effect of the spice many times over)
  • 5 g ginger (best cut into small cubes or slices)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Additional ingredients for optimal effect and taste development

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey
  • Juice of one orange (optional)

Preparation: Put water, coconut oil, turmeric spice, pepper, ginger and cinnamon in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.

Let it steep for 10-15 minutes and add the Manuka honey. Do not heat the honey too much so that its ingredients are retained.

Pour the liquid through a fine tea strainer into a cup. Season with freshly squeezed orange juice and enjoy warm.

Turmeric as a remedy

The yellow turmeric tuber is also called "the spice of life" because it has many health-promoting properties. The tuber was already used as a remedy in Ayurvedic medicine 4000 years ago. From the early Middle Ages it was also used as a remedy in North Africa and Europe.

In India, the plant was considered sacred for a long time. It was one of the hot spices that are said to have an energizing and cleansing effect.

Curcuma longa has many health-promoting properties, some of which should be mentioned here:

Healthy for the stomach and intestines

The yellow spice promotes digestion because the substances it contains stimulate the production of gastric juice. In addition, the liver is stimulated to release bile acids. These acids bind the dietary fats, making them easier to digest. Turmeric has a relaxing effect and reduces gas, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and stomach cramps. Turmeric is now even used in conventional medicine to treat digestive disorders.

Against inflammation and rheumatism

The active ingredient curcumin contained in Curcuma longa also has an anti-inflammatory effect. However, in contrast to pharmaceutical agents, the active ingredient has no toxicity and therefore no side effects such as a reduction in white blood cells or the formation of ulcers. Therefore, the spice is often used in rheumatism medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) officially lists the plant as effective under the name Rhizoma Curumae Longae.

Against arthritis

The anti-inflammatory effects are also very beneficial for treating symptoms of arthritis. The curcumin ingredients reduce damage caused by free radicals that have inflamed bone joints.

Against ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease

The anti-inflammatory effect also has a positive effect on ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Curcumin can protect against the onset of ulcerative colitis from the fifth day of turmeric use. A review of intestinal cell function showed that typical signs of the disease, such as inflammatory cell invasion, thickening of the intestinal wall, and ulcers in the lining, were reduced. The effect could already be seen at a concentration of only a quarter of a percent.

To strengthen the immune system

In Indonesian medicine, Curcuma longa is a main component of Jamu. These are traditional remedies that are used to prevent infections or diseases of the respiratory tract and to strengthen the immune system. The spice is mainly used in winter and spring, when the risk of infectious diseases is particularly high, to have a positive effect on the immune system. The infections are fought through the antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Further areas of application for turmeric or curcumin

The spice could also be used in the following medical areas:

  • for cardiovascular diseases,
  • neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's,
  • Cancer,
  • Diabetes,
  • Biliary and liver problems and
  • if you have high cholesterol or blood lipid levels.

The health aspects of Curcuma longa are very diverse. The following properties were found in various studies: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimetastatic, antiproliferative, antiangiogenic, chemopreventive, proapoptotic, antibacterial / -viral / -fugal and antihyperglycemic.

Curcumin longa improves the function of the cells, the insulin secretion and the regeneration of the pancreas. It prevents endothelial dysfunction and thus cardiovascular diseases. It has an antiatherosclerotic and antiadipogenic effect. Curcumin lowers LDL and total cholesterol levels. It inhibits the formation and attachment of beta-amyloid plaques. It aids digestion by stimulating bile secretion. It also has a neuroprotective and anti-neurodegenerative effect.

Curcumin longa is non-toxic and therefore has no known side effects. It is generally classified as pharmacologically safe.