turmeric. the easy to pronounce golden goodness
My adventures with turmeric began during yoga teacher training while learning about ayurveda. I thought that using turmeric fit the part of a yogi, so I tepidly integrated fennel and turmeric into my health routine. We'll save fennel for another time.
What the heck is turmeric and what does it do besides stain everything?
Good question. Let's rewind a bit. Ayurveda is the science of using natural medicine to heal your body AND mind. What I love the most about ayurveda is that it's not the be-all-end-all. You can use western medicine and ayurveda. In ayurveda, turmeric is often recommended for cleansing the bladder, liver and blood.
Turmeric is nature's most vibrantly coloured spice and has a great (and annoying) ability of dyeing everything it touches. Be prepared for your fingers to be stained for days after using fresh turm. If you've ever had juice with turmeric in it, you'll recognize the earthy, mustardy and slightly peppery taste. No curry dish is complete without a hint of turmeric.
fascinating facts about turmeric
- used as a dye in American mustard and cheese
- also known as the "poor man's saffron" and "Indian saffron"
- used as a treatment for cobra bites in Thailand (don't try this at home, kids)
- turmeric paste is a home remedy for sunburn and found in many commercial sunscreens
- it's the key ingredient in Golden Milk
easy ways to incorporate turmeric
- turmeric and lime chickpeas
- golden turmeric milk chia seed pudding
- turmeric roasted cauliflower poppers
I'm keen to learn new ways to use ingredients already in my cupboards. How do you like to incorporate turmeric?