Turmeric, Organic from Wayanad India
Also Known as: Haldi, Wayanaden Manjal, The Golden Spice, Curcumin Turmeric, Wayanady Turmeric Powder, Safran, and Indian Saffron
Sometimes called India's Golden Spice, Turmeric is a flowering plant in the ginger family that is native to India. It is one of the key ingredients in many Indian dishes and curries, imparting an earthy aroma and pungent flavour to foods.
Turmeric also figures prominently in classical Indian medicine (Siddha or Ayurveda) and is used to strengthen the overall energy of the body, relieve gas, dispel worms, improve digestion, regulate menstruation, dissolve gallstones, and relieve arthritis.
While the flavour turmeric offers is impressive, its color is just as remarkable. Known as “Indian saffron” due to its bright yellow color, a spoonful or two is enough to give your entire dish vibrant shades of yellow-orange.
If you haven't tried authentic Wayanadan Turmeric you are in for a pleasant surprise! You will easily taste the difference from ordinary supermarket-bought spice. That's because many Turmeric products are highly adulterated and are grown using a huge amount of pesticides. Our authentic, organically grown Turmeric powder is all natural and comes directly from our farms in Wayanad, Kerala, where the most premium and sought after Turmeric spices are sourced.
What Does It Taste Like?
Spicy and rich, the Wayanadan Turmeric has a warm peppery flavor with a complex rich aroma with hints of citrus and ginger. It is extremely versatile and used in both sweet and savory dishes.
How Is It Used?
Considered by many to be a "superfood", Wayanadan Turmeric is one of the most commonly used spices in Indian cuisine and is best known as the main ingredient powering many curries, and beverages such as Golden Milk, Turmeric and Mango Smoothies, and Turmeric Latte.
Believed to have originated in India over 5,000 years ago, turmeric has long been used for cooking and medical purposes, as well as for textile dyes. Harvested from the root of a flowering plant and then dried and ground into a fine powder, local Keralan folklore mention the fineness of Wayanadan Turmeric and liken its appearance & quality to the legendary warrior princesses of bygone years.
The golden spice may have gained recent popularity as a healthy "superfood", but has a centuries-old tradition as the most comprehensive and powerful herbal ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine and treatments for colds and coughs, arthritis, respiratory illnesses, and digestive disorders.
Curcumin, the main active ingredient in Turmeric, has demonstrated powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant effects in many studies. Health benefits include boosts in liver function and brain health, including possibly delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related disorders such as Alzheimer's.
Our Turmeric is organically grown on our farms in Wayanad and have significantly higher concentrations of Circumin -- giving you the maximum health benefit of this spice.
Tip: Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream but consuming it with black pepper can help boost its absorption and health benefits.
Wow! That's Interesting: While not fully studied or validated in human trials , Turmeric is showing promise as an aid in the race to control the spread of COVID-19. A recent study published in Frontiers of Pharmacology found that curcumin with piperine (black pepper) could be an effective adjuvant therapy for the treatment of COVID-19.
In India turmeric is always added at the beginning of the cooking process and sautéed with other aromatics such as onions, ginger and garlic. This allows the release of curcumin, which is fat soluble.
- Savory: Used in many rice dishes and pilafs, Saag Paneer, Biryani Chicken, Turmeric Chicken, and Indian Curries (with Chicken or Fish)
- Sweets: Golden Turmeric Ice Cream, Turmeric Ginger Cookies, Mango & Turmeric Cupcakes, Sfouf (Lebanese Turmeric Cake), and Cinnamon Rolls
- Drinks: Turmeric Hot Chocolate, Turmeric tea or Turmeric latte (also called Golden Milk), and Turmeric Mango Smoothies
Used mainly in Southeast Asian & Middle Eastern dishes and figures most prominently in Indian Cuisine (where 80% of the word's Turmeric is consumed).
- Indian: Used in many savory & sweet dishes.
- Malay and Indonesian: Soups & stir-fry dishes.
- Persian: Commonly combined with black pepper, cinnamon and cardamom in a spice mix called advieh (which is used in many stews).
- Moroccan: Used in tagines and rice dishes and is combined with saffron to make a traditional soup called harira and is one of the spices used in a famous mixture called ras-el-hanout.
Turmeric Powder should be stored in a cool, dry place protected from light. Tightly close containers after each use.