Way, waay back when we first launched Primal Palate Organic Spices, our original line included Ginger and Turmeric. We included those two spices for their amazing health benefits, but somewhere along the way, we decided to make room for other flavors and put Ginger and Turmeric on the back burner. Well, they are back and part of the lineup again. We love these spices in everyday cooking, as they bring some exotic flavors to our weeknight meals, along with awesome health benefits.
Turmeric is a staple in Asian cuisine. This rhizome (root) is known for its vibrant orange-yellow hue (which, by the way, can stain, so just be careful with it!) It contains a compound called curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. In order to make the curcumin bioavailable, piperine (found in black pepper) is needed to help inhibit the metabolic breakdown of turmeric compounds in the gut and the liver, so we suggest grabbing a bottle of our black pepper along with your turmeric. Turmeric has a slightly peppery taste, and is a signature component in curry powder, providing its bright yellow color. You can incorporate turmeric into everyday meals, putting it into marinades, rice, on chicken, and in curries. We use turmeric in our Aromatic Chicken Thighs, and we also like using it in dry rubs for ribs. We EVEN use a tiny bit of turmeric powder to give the appropriate color to our Dairy-free Mac & Cheese recipe.