Fun Fact: It’s a rhizome — a modified subterranean plant stem that sends out roots and shoots from its nodes, much like fresh ginger.
Flavor: Bright, peppery spiciness; earthiness
Great in: Curries and other Indian and Southeast Asian-inspired dishes
To Prepare: Slice, dice, grate or microplane. Lay a piece of parchment on the prep surface when grating or microplaning, so you can catch everything and avoid staining.
- Grate and add it to the cooking water when making rice to give it color and add flavor.
- Make tea — slice it into the bottom of a mug and pour boiling water over, or add it to English Breakfast, black or other humdrum tea for more oomph.
- Add it as part of the aromatics to a soup or braise.
- Juice it, or grate and add it to a smoothie.
Recipe Conversion: One inch of fresh turmeric = 1 tbs. freshly grated turmeric = 1 tsp. ground powdered turmeric