Turmeric

Whether for medicinal purposes or as an added flavor profile for your meals, turmeric is a great go-to.

And its full of so many nutrients!!!

  • 17% Manganese
  • 10.1% Iron
  • 4.7% Vitamin B6
  • 3.7% Fiber
  • 3.3% Copper
  • 3.1% Potassium

With a mellow, peppery flavor, this spice can be used to add a dose of richness to sautéed or roasted vegetables, or added to your marinade for beef, poultry, fish and pork.

But it’s not only flavorful, its beneficial to your health!

Turmeric (Curcuma longa),  …has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.        – World’s Healthiest Foods

2013  clinical studies, have even reported that turmeric is effective in treating depression.

So grab a bit while you’re at the store and try it on anything – really, anything.  But be careful it is also a natural dye that will leave a yellow stain on porous surfaces and textiles if allowed to sit and penetrate.  Just rinse clean immediately if you get some on your clothes and wipe with cloth from any surfaces.  As long as you don’t moisten it and give it time to do its thang, you should be fine.

Check out my recipes page where I use turmeric to spice up my slow cooked chicken taco recipe!

References

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/07/31/study-finds-turmeric-is-effective-as-prozac-for-treating-depression/