This Week’s Powerhouse Plant: Turmeric

Updated: Oct 28, 2021


Turmeric, the bold yellow spice you may have sitting in your cupboard carries a vast range of health benefits. This plant, part of the ginger family, can be purchased in its whole, raw form or as a dried, powdered version. Native to Southeast Asia, turmeric can be used in a multitude of recipes from curries and daal, to lattes and fresh juices. There is always a place for this ingredient in the kitchen!


Containing the powerhouse curcumin, a polyphenol that gives turmeric its yellow color is said to provide anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and antioxidant properties, to just name a few. Assisting in the ever so hot topic right now, “gut health,” curcumin is known to help reduce intestinal inflammation. Not only is turmeric used in a culinary sense, but it can also be taken in a supplement form suggesting it can assist with various health conditions. It is said that this plant can aid in joint pain and arthritis, allergies, digestive issues, and respiratory infections. Now, let’s get cooking!


What are some recipes Turmeric is found in?

  • Daal - A great option for meal planning! Most recipes yield a lot of this warming, lentil-based dish that’s great served over rice or with naan. This bright yellow porridge-like fare is derived from the Sanskrit word, meaning “to split.” This dish is simple and doesn’t require soaking beforehand. The best part - freshly crack whole dried red chili, freshly ground black pepper, mustard, and cumin seeds over medium heat in a small pan with olive or coconut oil to drizzle on top of your daal.

  • Salad Dressings - Toss some ground turmeric in a homemade dressing by whisking it with tahini, tamari, water, and some fresh lemon juice for a quick, healthy, and colorful salad.

  • Tofu Scrambles - calling all vegans! To give crumbled tofu that “scrambled egg” color, turmeric plays an important role in not only the vibrant color and taste of this breakfast favorite but gives a boost in its nutrients too! Just be careful not to add too much, so the flavor or turmeric overwhelms the scramble. We make our organic tofu scrambles by sauteing freshly cut scallions, sea salt, black pepper and a pinch of turmeric over low heat in olive oil. Then, we add hand-crumbled tofu until it's seasoned throughout. Be careful not to overcook, otherwise the tofu will become dry.

  • Savory Breakfast Oats - Not in the mood for sweets in the morning? Try a savory oat dish, like this recipe by Ann Essylstyn who eats the same, nourishing breakfast every morning.

P.S. & Co. offers this powerhouse plant in the following beverages and savory items:


Organic Turmeric Latte - start or end your day with this soothing, caffeine-free option chocked full of powerful ingredients. This warm and nourishing latte is blended with carefully chosen components such as: creamy coconut milk, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and coconut sugar (which has a lower glycemic index than white sugar).


Organic Mohinga Noodle Soup - a staple here at PS.& Co., our organic, vegan, gluten-free soup is a nourishing and healthful go-to year-round. Packed with nutritious ingredients such as: turmeric, ginger, garlic, shallots, leeks, sweet potatoes, kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass, this option is beyond healing. Every Burmese family has their own version of Mohinga and ours is near and dear to our founder’s heart. This soup comes complete with her mother’s very own sesame chili oil blend if you like the extra spice!

Organic Burmese Chickpea Curry - Our chickpea curry is available as a custom meal option. Andrea’s mom first made this dish when she became vegetarian as a kid (turned vegan as an adult). Another Burmese family recipe, this curry is full of healing ingredients including soaked chickpeas, turmeric, caramelized onions, and best served with sticky turmeric brown rice, Burmese fried onions, toasted sesame seeds, and heaping servings of Lacinato and curly kale. The very best way to get your dark leafy greens, fiber, and nutritious spices in all at once.


Organic Ubud - one of our cold-pressed juice options that’s wired for longevity. The Ubud is a spicy blend of organic orange juice, pineapple, ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne. Feel like you’re starting to catch a cold? The Ubud is for you!


Organic Anti-Inflammatory Shot - Enjoy all the benefits of curcumen and more with a quick drink option, our anti-inflammatory shot. This isn’t your average shot as ours has impressive health boosters including organic cold-pressed ginger, raw apple cider vinegar, and of course, turmeric.


References:

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/turmeric

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31500361/

Fiber Fueled by: Will Bulsiewicz


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