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Using Fresh Turmeric Root

Using Fresh Turmeric Root
Ideas and Health Benefits

We are so very lucky in this modern day and age of science to know more and more every day about the food we eat. Allowing us to have a better knowledge of the best foods (and drinks) to put into our bodies.

One of today's widely talked about health foods or 'super foods', along with kale and green tea is 'Turmeric'. And as we now sell this in store, in our #highstreetmarket Fruit and Veg section, we thought we would investigate.

Using Fresh Turmeric Root:

* Add a health kick to smoothies
Grating a small amount  (or too your liking) or fresh turmeric into your every day smoothie, making an already healthy drink even healthier! Both the colour and flavour, make this golden-coloured rhizone, especially good with mango based smoothies.

* Use as a substitute for mustard or saffron
If you have a recipe that uses mustard or saffron to give the dish a yellow(ish) hue but don't have any to hand, try using a small amount of grated fresh turmeric as a substitute. (And for the local pub quiz "Turmeric is called "poor man's saffron".)

* In Coleslaw
Chopped fresh turmeric can also be used to add color to coleslaw. Coleslaw featuring red or white cabbage and turmeric also makes an excellent cancer-preventing dish as both cabbage and turmeric contain phytochemicals with proven anti-cancer effects. For maximum health benefits, dress your coleslaw with buttermilk or a vinegar-based rather than mayonnaise.

* To make your own Turmeric powder
A very lovely and simple process you will be pleased to hear! Slice the fresh turmeric, then pop into a food dehydrator. Then grind to create the powder. If you do not a food dehydrator however simply put the slices of turmeric into the oven on the low heat until fully dried. Easy!

Now onto the Health Benefits (#turmerichealthbenefits for all you social media guru's)

*Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, which provides powerful anti inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

* Turmeric increases the antioxidant capacity of the body.
(Now for the sciency bit!): "It involves free radicals, highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons. Free radicals tend to react with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins or DNA. The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial, is that they protect our bodies from free radicals. Curcumin happens to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure." 

* Improving Brain Function and lower risk of brain related diseases.

* Lower risk of heart disease.

* Turmeric/Curcumin have been discovered to have cancer preventing properties; another quality of a 'super food'. The result is that the properties in the turmeric root help to reduce the growth of blood vessels in tumours.

* Help with Arthritis ; another benefit of the anti inflammatory property.

Hope you have found this little ticket of info insightful and interesting! :-)

(P.S : Turmeric is also simply a very nice addition to the weekly curry!)

Added Saturday, 7th January 2017
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