Turmeric is also known as the “Golden Spice”. It is said because of its mustard-golden colour and also as its extreme importance in the kitchen.
1. This colourful yet flavourful spice available as a powder is obtained from the Curcuma longa rhizomes, a flowering plant the ginger family.
2. Popularly known as “Haldi” or “Curcumin” in the Asian countries because of the phytochemical compound curcumin present in it.
3. This is a herbaceous, perennial, and rhizomatous plant which requires a considerable amount of rainfall and a temperature range of 20-30 °C to grow.
4. This golden spice is widely used in the culinary industry as a colouring agent. It is considered a cheap substitute for saffron and possesses various anti-oxidant properties also.
5. Turmeric powder is often mixed with warm milk and given to a person with any kind of injury. It boosts up the immunity, sharpens up the memory, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
6. The phytochemical compound curcumin is considered as an antiseptic. Thus turmeric is widely used in cosmetics and is proven to cure acne and dry skin.
7. Turmeric is of extreme importance in Indian weddings and has an entire ceremony dedicated to it, commonly called “Haldi”. Turmeric mixed with milk and gram flour is applied to the body of the couples before marriage. It is done to give them a natural glow.
8. This spice is also a good source of potassium, manganese, iron, and vitamin C. Thus, it is taken as an essential spice in the food sector.
9. Turmeric is also used in the laboratory in the form of turmeric paper. It is used to test the alkalinity and acidity of solutions.
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