Fresh Turmeric - discover its health benefits and many uses.
Posted on Sep 01, 2017
Available all year round, vibrant tangerine-fleshed fresh turmeric is a root (rhizome) that has a unique mustardy ginger flavour with a peppery kick. It adds a vibrant golden yellow colour to dishes and is sometimes called ‘poor man’s saffron’.
Fresh turmeric is becoming increasingly popular due to its health and medicinal benefits. The fresh root contains curcumin, which is thought to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Sold loose or in small punnets in your greengrocer, fresh turmeric is best stored in a sealed plastic bag in your vegetable crisper in the fridge. Use it within a few weeks of purchase.
To prevent your skin from staining, wear rubber gloves when preparing fresh turmeric. Scrub well or, if preferred, peel the thin skin. Grate using a micro-plane or chop as required.
Fresh turmeric is best stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Ways to use fresh turmeric
- Add grated turmeric to curries, smoothies, marinades and soups.
- Seep the chopped root in boiling water with lemon and honey for a healthy hot drink.
- Use fresh turmeric instead of dried ground turmeric in recipes.
- Simply substitute 2 tsp fresh grated turmeric (about 3cm of the root) for 1 tsp ground turmeric.
Orange, carrot, mango & turmeric juice
Preparation 10 mins | Serves 1
This healthy fresh juice brimming with vitamin C and natural goodness is the perfect quick breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1/2 just-ripe mango, peeled and chopped
1 tsp peeled and grated turmeric
1/2 cup ice
Step 1: Juice the oranges to make 1 cup juice.
Step 2: Blend orange juice, carrots, mango and turmeric in a high-speed blender until smooth.
Step 3: Add ice and blend until crushed. Pour into a glass and serve.
Good For you .... Turmeric
Turmeric is believed to be a beneficial anti-aging herb.
It is also widely believed that its unique properties offer antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antibiotic, antimicrobial, analgesic, antiviral, and anticarcinogenic properties.
Turmeric may also offer a variety of benefits for good skin health.