Turmeric is a bright yellow spice powder that is made from the root of a plant in the ginger family (Zingiberaceae), Curcuma longa. … Like galangal and ginger, turmeric is a kind of root (rhizome) and has a similar appearance, except that it has an orange hue. Fresh turmeric is also used in some dishes.
Turmeric has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. Because curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling, it is often used to treat conditions that involve pain and inflammation. People commonly use turmeric for osteoarthritis. Turmeric is an indispensable spice, which imparts a musky flavour and yellow colour to curries. Almost all Indian vegetable dishes use turmeric either separately or as part of the masala (spice mixture). … A small pinch of turmeric powder would is enough to add a pleasant orange-yellow hue to salad dressings.
Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may offer health benefits. Early studies say turmeric may help keep your heart, joints, and brain healthy. It may also play a role in protecting against cancer and diabetes, though more research is needed.