Turmeric is the ground rhizome (or root) of the herbaceous, tropical plant, Curcuma longa L. of the ginger family. The rhizomes have a characteristic, peppery, spicy aroma and a bitter, pungent taste. The essential constituent of turmeric is cucurmin, which provides the yellow color.
• Use to make some pickles, chow-chow and relishes.
• Add to chicken or seafood casseroles.
• Add 1/4 tsp. to the water when cooking 1 cup rice to give a yellow color.