A new golden spice is here to take the tea world by storm! Turmeric (curcuma longa) has been hitting the store shelves extra hard and it looks like it’s here to stay. This bright, aromatic spice has a strong, peppery flavor and a distinctive bright orange-yellow color.
While turmeric is fairly new to many it’s actually quite ancient. It was used for its medicinal properties about 4500 years ago and became an important part of ayurvedic medicine (traditional Indian medicine) around 500 BCE. According to traditional ayurvedic medicine, benefits of turmeric are said to help reduce inflammation, promote digestion, and support the brain and nervous system. In addition with being used for medicine, it’s also used in cooking, commonly in curry dishes. It’s also been noted to be used in dyeing things like clothing and food (Easter eggs, anyone?). You can usually find turmeric in the spice section of your local grocery store or in capsule form at the pharmacy.
So what can you do with turmeric? You can actually do a lot of things with turmeric like cooking, dyeing, and even enjoy it in your tea. Yes, I said tea! Teas with turmeric are becoming increasingly popular and who’s to blame? If you want to try turmeric for yourself give these a try:
English Tea Store Ginger Turmeric Wellness Tea-We’ve joined the turmeric bandwagon with our own turmeric tea! Our ginger turmeric tea brings a peppery kick of zesty ginger and fragrant turmeric. This tea is made with a harmonious blend of green and black teas
Stash Organics Gold Cup Chai Herbal Tea-If you can’t get enough spice, then you’ll like this chai tea. This mélange of spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, among others, pairs perfectly well with the bright peppery flavor of turmeric. Enjoy this hot or iced.
Tasty Bite Turmeric Rice-As previously mentioned, turmeric gives food a bright yellow color and adds a peppery fragrance. Tasty Bite brings you a taste of India with their turmeric rice. Enjoy it on its own or with a scrumptious curry.