5 Ways to Cook with Turmeric

5 Ways to Cook with Turmeric_v3New Year’s resolutions are in full swing right now and eating a little healthier (or a lot) is often on one’s list.  We have a smart little tip for you; baby steps. Start incorporating healthy foods, like turmeric, into your eating in little ways. Often when we make subtle changes, we’re able to stick with them and, over time, the little changes yield big results.

What is turmeric? Native to India and a member of the ginger family, turmeric is a tropical perennial that is harvested for its roots. Requiring warm temperatures and a considerable amount of rain, turmeric grows in several countries throughout Southeast Asia. You can click on the link to view photos of organic turmeric grown for HQO in Kerala India and learn more about turmeric in our Turmeric 101 video.

What are the benefits of eating organic turmeric?  Turmeric has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately due to its health benefits. Specifically, its anti-inflammatory function. The curcumin (the substance that gives turmeric its bright yellow/orange color) is  the main compound in turmeric that provides the powerful anti-inflammatory function. Curcumin is also an antioxidant and, in several studies, has shown to help reduce inflammation and positively impact the affects of several health concerns related to digestion, joint health and more. (Always consult with your doctor when dealing with any health concern.)

How does one use turmeric? The infographic above and our 3 Ways to Drink Turmeric video give you several simple ways to use the superfood in your every day cooking. Traditionally, turmeric was consumed for medicinal purposes in a hot tea recipe using milk, pepper, a sweetener and perhaps a few other spices like cinnamon or cloves. (Research has shown that curcumin is absorbed best when consumed with a form of fat and black pepper.) However, today it’s most commonly used in Indian curries and other Middle Eastern dishes. Our Carrot Soup and Roasted Cauliflower recipes use turmeric. They are delicious, healthy, and perfect to make as you start the New Year. Turmeric can also be used as a natural dye. So think about using it if you’re looking for a natural way to dye Easter Eggs this spring.

Do you have questions about turmeric or have a favorite recipe of your own using turmeric? Please let us know in the comments below.

May your New Year be filled with good health, great adventure and prosperity!