What the heck is turmeric anyways? Turmeric is the golden colored version of its cousin ginger—which is, more or less, a root. It's native to Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, where it is found in much of the cuisine there.
This ancient spice, celebrated for centuries as both food and medicine, has resurfaced within the health and nutrition communities thanks to curcumin, the healing substance which supplies its vibrant color.
Curcumin is known to have many health benefits. Studies have shown it to be effective in reducing inflammation in chronic pain, increase brain function, help prevent certain cancers, treating depression, and the list goes on!
How does it taste? It's earthy, slightly bitter, with a peppery bite. It's that delicious flavor found in most curry powders that we love so much! In our home, we don't cook much with this yummy root, but we do create a delicious tea that gives us all the same benefits.
Below is one of our fave recipes for "Golden Milk" aka Turmeric Tea. If you have a turmeric tea recipe you'd like to share with us, please leave it below in the comments!
serving size 1/2 cup | makes 4 servings
2 c. coconut milk (you can use your favorite kind of milk or even water)
1 tsp. organic turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. organic ginger powder (you can use a small chunk of raw peeled ginger)
pinch of black pepper (this helps our bodies to better absorb the curcumin)
pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp. of honey (you can use more or less of your favorite sweetener)
1. Combine and mix with a spoon all ingredients (except the milk) in a serving tea pot.
2. Warm your chosen milk in a separate tea pot or saucepan.
3. Slowly add milk to the ingredients in the serving teapot, stir and enjoy!
Note: If you want to be fancy, you can add a dash of cinnamon for garnish. Also, if you don't have a serving teapot, you can use a large cup or any container that will hold 2 cups of warm liquid. Also, this stuff will stain everything! We're talking countertops, kitchen tools, bowls, cups—everything, so be careful!
As with any new food or spice, you should first contact your doctor to see if it's okay for you to consume it. People with certain health conditions, taking certain medications or are pregnant should get clearance before giving this a try.