This bright yellow-orange spice, a root in related to ginger and available ground here, gives many curry powders their distinctive yellow color. The sharp, flavor and bright, compliments mild foods such as lentils and many cooked root vegetables. Indian, Pakistani, Israeli, and Palestinian cultures all use the spice widely in their cooking. It's also widely used in Ayurveda.

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Turmeric is also purported to have numerous health benefits, particularly for reducing inflammation. Please see the University of Maryland's alternative medicine database for more information on turmeric.

Find a recipe for a wonderful, easy roast chicken dish that uses plenty of turmeric here: