Turmeric, also known as orange ginger, is a flowering plant in the same family as ginger and galangal. The vibrantly orange roots are popular in cooking both fresh and dried. Turmeric is used as both a coloring and flavoring agent in dishes such as curries and kebabs. Fresh turmeric is warm, citrusy, earthy, peppery, with a mustard-like aroma.
Uses: Peel turmeric and grate into a paste. Use to flavor your favorite dishes or in marinades. Halve turmeric and simmer to flavor sauces and soups. Steep turmeric in water for a delicious and healthy tea.