Come to CLiCK’s New Year, New You Detox Class on Saturday January 16th from 2-4 pm to sample Turmeric Tea and discover how an everyday detox program can work for you.
Turmeric Curcuma longa
Turmeric is a leafy plant in the ginger family. The rhizome has a papery brown skin and bright orange, aromatic flesh that is reminiscent of ginger and citrus fruit. The pungent bitter flavor pairs well with warming spices such as: ginger, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and other chili peppers. Chances are you will not find fresh turmeric in the produce isle, though I have occasionally seen it at the Big Y in Mansfield, and the Willimantic Food Co-op. Instead, look for it in the baking isle. Can’t find it? Turmeric is an essential ingredient in curry (the spice mixture used to make the iconic Indian dish) so look for curry powder, curry sauces, and curry pastes.
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic Medicine for liver support and detoxification. It has powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic properties. Turmeric and curcumin (the chemically isolated, active compound in turmeric) are both sold as dietary supplements. The strongest support for the use of turmeric and curcumin as a dietary supplement in alternative medicine is in the treatment of arthritis pain, joint injuries, and to aid post surgical healing.
How to use it:
Turmeric adds a lovely golden color to dishes so try adding a dash of turmeric to homemade soups and stews. Make dinner special by drizzling mixture of turmeric and olive oil over vegetables, pasta, potatoes, or fish. Looking for a good recipe ? Try one of these simple recipes to spice up the middle of the week. Turmeric can also be used topically for the treatment of: wounds, bruises, inflammation, scaring, acne and other skin conditions.
-Brenda Viens, RDN