The saffron of the Indies

Turmeric is a spice deriving from certain specimens of the Zingiberaceae family and Curcuma genus. In particular, this yellow powder is obtained by bringing the rhizomes of the plant to boil, drying them and then crushing them. The active ingredient called curcumin has a spicy and slightly bitter taste.

Some call turmeric the “health spice”: widely used in Asian cuisine, it has many beneficial qualities, some of which are listed below:


  • Due to its anti-inflammatory action, in Ayurvedic medicine it was used to soothe inflammation of the joints, especially in cases of osteoarthritis and arthritis.
  • Recent research shows that it can help in the prevention of prostate diseases.
  • It promotes good digestion, and can facilitate healing in cases of nausea, diarrhea and gastritis.
  • A regular intake can help to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and improve blood pressure.
  • One of its properties seems to be keeping blood sugar low, so it can be beneficial in type 2 diabetes.
  • It seems that this spice also has a role in preventing brain cancer.
  • It is beneficial for the skin: turmeric contrasts acne and pimples, can help reduce wrinkles and improve facial complexion.


This spice can be used to add flavor to any dish, but it is ideal in the preparation of first courses such as risottos and soups. It is also excellent in vegetable-based dishes such as zucchini, eggplant and peppers, adding a stronger flavor and a touch of color.


Turmeric can be used to make delicious infusions, sweetened with honey, which can relieve colds.

Article by Progeo s.r.l.

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