How to Use Fresh Turmeric

Fresh Turmeric is easy to use and it’s gorgeous!  Known for giving curry its golden color, turmeric has a peppery, warm flavor and a fragrance reminiscent of citrus and ginger.  Widely used in Indian and other South Asian cuisines, it’s also known for having numerous health benefits.How to Use Fresh TurmericAccording to Melissa’s Produce, turmeric is going to be a very hot culinary trend in 2016 — in fact, of their top 10 new trends in produce, it’s number 3 on the list!  And I read on U.S. News Health, that it has been proclaimed to be the spice of 2016!  And for many good reasons . . . .

Fresh turmeric root is incredibly versatile.  Not only does it impart its stunning, vibrant golden color to whatever it’s cooked with, it also adds its lovely peppery, warm and subtly bitter flavor.

Turmeric can be steeped into teas, blended into smoothies, sautéed into stir fries,  added to marinades, puréed into soups, stews and sauces, or even mixed into cocktails!

And the health benefits seem endless.  Turmeric is said to be a natural anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.  It has also been linked to improving brain function, and aid in treating arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s Disease.  (I’m certainly not an authority on nutrition or medicine, so here’s some great information about this.)

Let’s check out this unique root, shall we?

You can easily remove the skin with a vegetable peeler or a paring knife.How to use Fresh TurmericThough it’s much softer, fresh, peeled turmeric looks like a carrot.  How to Use Fresh TurmericI like using a microplane zester to grate it — it creates tiny, soft shreds which are easily incorporated into recipes. How to Use Fresh TurmericI’m going to be cooking up several new recipes featuring fresh turmeric, so stay tuned!

This is not a sponsored post.  Melissa’s Produce provided me with fresh turmeric for recipe testing, and as always, all opinions are my own.

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    • valentina says

      Thanks, Patricia. I’ve been loving it. Tonight I blended it into cauliflower soup. Such a pretty color and delicious. 🙂

  1. says

    I started using fresh over dried turmeric several years ago when I found it an an Asian market here in Tucson. It has so much more flavor than its dried counterpart- I just can’t go back! Looking forward to some fun ideas from you, Valentina!

    • valentina says

      Hoping to deliver, David. 😉 I have a huge container of it so I’m determined to go through it via new recipes.

  2. Sue Mulivrana says

    Have just purchased first raw turmeric at doctor’s suggestion for husband’s chronic pain. Thanks for pictures on how to peel/grate but no idea how to use in recipes. Suspect must use sparingly as he does not like curry. Appreciate any help.

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