If there ever was a spice that deserved full regalia, turmeric would be it. This spicy staple originates from India, where they are responsible for 94% of the production; and it gives Indian food its characteristic flavor. Turmeric is essential in curry, so if you consume curry, you inadvertently consume turmeric- go you!
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and the healing properties reside in its fingerling stalks; and it contains a whole heap of compounds, but the one that is responsible for its medicinal effects is curcuminoids, which lend turmeric its distinctive, clothes staining yellow color. The curcuminoid that deserves the highest praise is curcumin.
Turmeric recipes sweet and savory are lauded for their phenomenal anti-inflammatory properties, which are attributed to the aforementioned curcumin; and it is used in India to natural relieve arthritis, muscle pain and joint inflammation. Experts suggest that the reason for these benefits is that turmeric recipes lower histamine levels; other experts aren’t sure, but really, who gives a hell? It’s a proven anti-inflammatory and comes with zero side effects- that’s all that matters to me.
The most traditional and obvious turmeric recipes are curries and rubs, but my latest discovery is putting it in juice; seems unorthodox, but hear me out! You’re likely inclined to think that you will be drinking curry juice, but this isn’t the case; curry is a blend of several spices which give it its savory aroma, but on its own turmeric won’t hijack your sweet juice blend.
Lemons are well known for their liver detoxification benefits, I love lemon; if you have yet to get on the lemon bandwagon, please do not pass go or collect $100, get some lemons and juice them. And turmeric recipes that feature lemons take the detoxification to the next level; there are even studies that suggest that the anti-inflammatory effect of the laundry list of turmeric recipes make them extremely liver friendly foods. If you’re still scared of its bright orange hue, don’t be, Turmeric is a very easy spice to use and tastes good on almost anything; from juice to curry to spice rub, turmeric is the picture of versatility.
I included a pear for sweetness (for those who are averse to tang, add 2), some ginger for more spice and kale, just because I love it; and you will too! I dare you try a variety of turmeric recipes, to get more of this spice into your life, starting with turmeric lemonade!
3 leaves kale
1 inch piece ginger
½ tsp ground turmeric
Feed all ingredients through a juice and enjoy immediately.