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Spices

Turmeric | Haldi

January 11, 2022
haldi turmeric

Turmeric or Haldi is labeled as a 2022 ‘food trend’. Yep, all of us Indians are just shaking our heads collectively. I mean I get it. It’s a superstar. Turmeric to Masala is like Jay-Z to Beyonce or should I say the Aishwarya Rai to Abhishek Bachchan. It’s sort of the best marriage of spices that can exist (for curry that is).

First, what is it? Turmeric is a perennial plant which has a rhizome (underground stem). It’s like the cousin of ginger. No, really, the same family. It’s been around for over 4,000 years and over 80% of turmeric is grown in India. It’s n wonder why we (Indian) have benefitted so greatly from the religious, health and cosmetic benefits of turmeric. You can google Turmeric benefits and dozens of reasons why it’s beneficial to your health will come up. But let’s narrow these down.

Health benefits include:

  •  Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Antioxidant effects
  • Potential protection from Alzheimer’s
  • Arthritis Relief
  • Improved Brain Health
  • Possible Mood Enhancement

The optimal dosage is ab out 2.5 teaspoons a day, but before we get ahead of ourselves, TOO much turmeric can have potential risks – clotting issues, iron deficiency, low blood sugar, kidney stones, nausea, and gastro issues.
So, I wouldn’t say go get a turmeric supplement today, but I would say cooking with turmeric has so many positive health benefits, so why not? I mean after all if you are making any of the recipes on this blog then you’re already benefiting from this superfood!

Other uses for Turmeric

  • What’s not mentioned above are some of the cultural connections we have to turmeric. The Hindu religion sees turmeric as auspicious and sacred. Traditional Hindu weddings include a Haldi Ceremony. This ceremony signifies purity, fertility, and sound health in Hindu marriages.
  • The color of turmeric (not only stains everything) but its vibrancy and rich yellow/orange tone is associated with the Hindu god Vishnu. Hindus adorn their gods with turmeric paste and use it during religious ceremonies
  • Turmeric is great for your skin and has healing components that help all sorts of skin conditions like eczema, smallpox, chicken pox, blemishes, burns etc.
  • Used in makeup/cosmetics