Turmeric has an earthy and slightly bitter flavor with a light peppery aroma. It is commonly used as a culinary spice in Southeast Asian dishes.
Turmeric contains beta-carotene, vitamin C, calcium, flavonoids, fiber, iron, niacin, potassium, zinc and other nutrients. The chemical in turmeric linked to its most highly touted health benefits is curcumin for its anti-inflammatory effects. Learn more about turmeric at WebMD.
Turmeric is a perennial plant in the ginger family, it produces highly branched rhizomes that are a deep orange in color. Turmeric can be found in most curry powders. It sometimes goes by the name of Indian saffron but is not related to saffron at all.