Dear turmeric, I adore you. Even though you stain my hands orange and sometimes my t-shirt too. I adore you even though you stained my blender jar beyond recovery. Still, you are among my top three spices, hands down – and here is why.
(by the way, the other two are cinnamon and dried ginger, which both pair exceptionally well with turmeric – what a coincidence!) Turmeric has a yellowy orange color (it’s often called golden, referring to both, the color, and its “golden” qualities). Traditionally, it is praised for it’s healing properties and as a powerful coloring – think twice if splashing it about in fancy dress – or your boyfriends’ favorite shirt. Moreover, for ages (specifically for 4000 years) it has been used in Ayurveda which means turmeric is not anything new, actually quite the opposite. Today, most of us get introduced to it via curry dishes where it’s giving them their distinct color.
What makes it SO amazing?
For once, turmeric, or rather its main component curcumin, has substantial anti-inflammatory qualities. Scientists have been studying the spice very thoroughly and they discovered evidence that the spice has even the power to stop the growth of cancer cells in the body if they are at the beginning of their growth! Sounds like a miracle, doesn’t it? It is. You can read about it here and here. Not only that, turmeric has proven to be a vital component of successful treatments to obesity and diabetes. It has been found that it can be also helpful when dealing with Crohn’s disease and other digestive issues, or when dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or high cholesterol. The list goes on and on and it’s really impressive. Even if you choose to believe only half of this, it’s still good enough to add turmeric to your go-to-list of spices. As in, right now!
How to add it to your diet?
So, we’ve had a glimpse on how awesome it is and I believe you’re very eager to try its miracle powers. But how can you easily sneak it into your meals? There’s nothing easier than to add it to these dishes:
- sweet & spiced apple peels
- turmeric milk (I wrote about it here a bit, but the whole recipe is coming in one of the next articles so don’t worry)
And the fairy tale has reached the end. Except that it wasn’t one at all. Only hard core facts, black on white.
I admit that I’m basically living off curries these past months so I get to use turmeric daily, how about you?
Have a fabulous Sunday!