Once you know how to use fresh turmeric, you’ll always want it at the ready! It’s easy to work with, beautiful, and can be used in dozens upon dozens of recipes — both sweet and savory.
Turmeric is probably most known for giving curry its gorgeous golden color.
Widely used in Indian and other South Asian cuisines, this versatile ingredient is also known for having numerous health benefits.
What does turmeric taste like?
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.
Uses for Fresh Turmeric Root
- 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 list goes on.
What are the Health Benefits of Turmeric?
- 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.
How to Use Fresh Turmeric in Recipes
The skin of turmeric root can easily be removed with a vegetable peeler or a paring knife.
Once peeled, it looks similar to a carrot.
Grate turmeric with a microplane zester — it creates tiny, soft shreds which are easily incorporated into recipes.
Recipes that use Fresh Turmeric Root
Peeled and Grated Fresh Turmeric Root
- about 4 ounces fresh turmeric root
- Use a vegetable peeler or a paring knife to remove the skin from the turmeric root.
- Then use a microplane zester to grate it finely. It's very easily added to all sorts or recipes in this form. (If you don't have one, you can finely chop it with a Chef's knife.)
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