Did you know
With an unmistakeable, bright yellow hue, turmeric isn't just known for its many uses in cooking - the signature sunshine yellow pigment has been used for centuries to colour foods such as yellow mustards and even dye fabrics. Nowadays, this vivid cousin of ginger is more than likely to be found in your favourite curry, or adding depth to omelettes & meat dishes.
Part of this tropical spice's appeal is its main component, curcumin, which gives it many of its unique properties including its bright yellow colour.
While pleasantly spicy and full of flavour, turmeric is best used sparingly, as just one pinch can pack a real punch. Prolific in curry dishes, the spice has a mildly aromatic, slightly sharp taste with earthy undertones. It especially complements poultry and seafood dishes, giving it a warm colour and bringing out the meat's natural flavour.
We ensure our turmeric has the best flavour, the brightest colour and most reliable quality by controlling every step of the process. By growing in the best soil and climate conditions, to only crushing whole turmeric roots and using foil-sealed packaging to lock in freshness, we can be sure that nobody’s turmeric is better than ours.
Turmeric really comes into its own in curries, soups and relishes. It also works very well in a whole host of lentil, rice and vegetable-based dishes. It can add a deliciously bright twist to your latte, transforms cooking rice into a vibrant golden pilau, or mix with butter and drizzle over vegetables for a flavoursome twist.
To add a greater depth to dishes, add to spaghetti bolognaise, casseroles and stir fries for a robust flavour. Or transform drinks with a pinch of turmeric in your flat white coffee, smoothie or milk for a flavour boost.
With the first recorded use in history as far back as 600BC, turmeric is one of the world's oldest known spices. While widely used in the Far East for centuries, the spice was relatively unheard of in the western world until the 13th century, when discoverer Marco Polo noted its similarities to the more expensive saffron.
Did you know?
- In Bangladesh, India and Indonesia, turmeric dye often forms a traditional part of the wedding ritual. Turmeric is used to colour the arms of the bride and groom and to give a golden flush to the cheeks.
- India is the world's primary producer of turmeric
- Turmeric is also used in British dishes - most notably coronation chicken
- Turmeric is part of the ginger family
- As well as dying fabrics and foods, turmeric is also used in cosmetics as a natural colourant.
Energy per 100g: 343 KCal
Protein per 100g: 9.2 g
Carbohydrates per 100g: 69.8 g
Fat per 100g: 3 g