Turmeric is a semi-aquatic member of the ginger family that naturally occurs throughout Southeast Asia. The long, golden-colored taproot is the source of the dried spice we know as turmeric and as the primary seasoning in curry. The warm, spicy and slightly bitter taste of turmeric is widely used to season a variety of meat, rice and vegetable dishes in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. The spice is also used to produce a deep yellow dye for coloring various textiles. Because turmeric represents fidelity and fertility in Indian culture, it plays a role in traditional weddings. Ground turmeric is also used to make pastes for topical use on the skin.
Organic Turmeric Powder, 1/4 lb
Turmeric is an important spice in Asia, not only for its use in flavoring many foods and beverages but because of the role it plays in ceremonial observances. In traditional Bengali weddings, the skin of the bride and groom is decoratively painted with a deep orange-yellow pigment made from turmeric root, the color of which is associated with the sacral chakra and fertility.