Go to an Indian or Asian store and get fresh white or orange turmeric.
Peel fresh turmeric. Store in glass jar in big or small pieces. Add some lemon juice and a bit of sea salt. Shake. Enjoy some raw pieces daily for optimal health. Lasts a long time in the refrigerator.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to tropical South Asia and needs temperatures between 20 °C and 30 °C (68 °F and 86 °F) and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes, and propagated from some of those rhizomes in the following season.
When not used fresh, the rhizomes are boiled for several hours and then dried, after which they are ground into a deep orange-yellow powder commonly used as a spice in curries and other South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, for dyeing, and to impart color to mustard condiments. Its active ingredient is curcumin and it has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell. Curcumin can be used to test the alkalinity or acidity of foods. It turns yellow in an acidic food, and it turns red in an alkaline food.
Amazing Anti-Aging Health Benefits
Turmeric has been used for 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems. It is a powerful antioxident. Turmeric may help with good memory. It is currently being investigated for possible benefits in Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and other clinical disorders.