Hii Foodies!!! How are you all??? The word “Turmeric” doesn’t need any introduction, doesn’t it??? It is complete in itself. It is indeed an essential ingredient of our home pantry. It not only serves as a natural pain reliever but it also aids in digestion and gives support to our liver as well. It is a good source of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Iron and Potassium and can be used for moderate skincare, especially for pimples. Amazingly, paste of turmeric is a home remedy for sunburn and it is also an ingredient in many commercial sunscreens. In fact in India, at the time of the wedding, you can see its paste being applied over the bride and groom’s body to beautify and enrich skin complexion.
But apart from all this information, that you all might have heard before also, do you know this wonder spice has something to be explored. So here are some unknown and interesting facts about the kitchen’s tasty spice.
Fascinating Facts About Turmeric A Wonder Spice
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- The name “Turmeric” is possibly derived from Middle English or Early Modern English as turmeryte or tarmaret. It may be of Latin origin, terra merita (“meritorious earth”). The name of the genus, Curcuma, is derived from the Sanskrit kuṅkuma, referring to turmeric, used in India since ancient times.
- Its origin is ancient and its use dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic culture in India. From that time only it was used as a culinary spice and also had some religious significance.
- It is known as an ancient spice that has been used in Asia for medical applications for approximately 2,500 years.
- Its history dates back to the Harappan Civilization (or Indus Valley Civilization) as well where it was actually cultivated as early as 3000 BCE.
- Before knowing its actual use and benefits, it was consumed as a dye to impart colour to clothes. Yes because of its brilliant orange-yellow color, it was widely used as dye.
- Do you know its another name is “Indian saffron”? People in the Middle Ages called turmeric by this name because it was often used as a less expensive alternative to saffron.
- India is the world’s largest producer and consumer of turmeric powder.
- In Sanskrit turmeric is called “Haridra”, and this is a major part of Ayurveda.
- Curcumin found inside Turmeric counts to be the only food that’s been shown to “melt away” ominous beta-amyloid plaques associated with cognitive diseases.
- The city of Erode in Tamil Nadu is the world’s largest producer of turmeric. The city is often referred to as “Yellow City” or “Turmeric City.”
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- It has a very similar resemblance to that of ginger. Yes, you read it right, simply break open a piece of raw turmeric and ginger; they both look alike, the only difference is their color. It has a brilliant orange-yellow hue and ginger has a brownish color.
- Of all spices, found in India because of its brilliant yellow color, It is known as the golden spice of the nation.
- It is not just one variety. In fact in India itself, there are several varieties of turmeric. Some of the most popular varieties of Turmeric include Nizamabad Bulb, Sangli Turmeric, Rajapuri Turmeric, Erode, and Salem Turmeric and Alleppey Finger.
- It is the natural antivenom for bites of King Cobra. This has been found by Aston University’s Dr. Eric Lattman.
- Maharashtra’s Sangli town hosts the world and definitely Asia’s largest trading center.
- Being used as fresh or dried provides the same health and culinary benefits.
- From ancient times it has been used to get rid of unwanted hair on the body.
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