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Technical guide

Ingredients Curcuma, from organic farming
Origin Wayanad
Net weight 35 g
Storage / Use Personally, I like to bring this touch to steamed fish or shellfish. Adding turmeric to grapeseed oil creates a superbly coloured oil.
Keep in a dry, dark place
Price incl. tax €5.60

This golden powder is an essential part of any curry and gives the dish its soft colour.

Olivier Rœllinger's words

When it is fresh its qualities are more distinctive: a deep and strong aroma, a bitter and peppery flavour a bit like ginger. Today, fresh turmeric is fairly easy to find in Asian groceries. Don´t forget to put on gloves before peeling it and cutting it into small dice. You can add it to diced fruit (peaches, apples or pears).
All over the world, many people carry turmeric to protect themselves from evil spirits. It´s most popular in India and Malaysia, but this colour has travelled the world - in the French Caribbean it´s known as "safran" (in the famous Colombo) and on Reunion Island, "safran Bourbon". This golden powder is an essential part of any curry and gives the dish its soft colour. I of course use this powder in several mixes for its colour, but also for its sweetness. Additionally, the starch it contains acts as a light thickener and can correct the excess acidity of certain dishes.

Botanical notes

A herb 2 metres high but also a rhizome like ginger, originally from Asia. With a golden colour and a slightly musky aroma, it belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. This spice has mostly been used as a substitute for saffron and has brought wealth to a lot of cheaters.
As with many other spices, turmeric´s quality depends on where it is produced. The rhizomes of Bengal and Kerala are the best but those of Java and Sumatra are also fine quality. During the harvest, long, red-brown turmeric must be favoured over round, yellow turmeric.
Turmeric is also good for your health - it´s been recommended since ancient times in China and India for dermatosis and liver problems. By the Middle Ages, European apothecaries were using it for these properties but it was mainly used to make dyes, particularly the most beautiful green by mixing it with indigo - but that´s another story.