Archive for October, 2008

Spices: Turmeric

10/15/2008

Known in Morocco as “kharqum” derived from its scientific name (Curcuma Longa). According to Wiki, it belongs to the Ginger family and is believed to have originated in India. Its active ingredient is curcumin, it has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell. In Ayuverdic medicine, it is used as an antiseptic as well as antibacterial, and is used on wounds, cuts, and burns. 

In some eastern countries, it is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent, and a remedy for gastrointestinal disorders, as well as used as a natural food and fabrics colorant.