By Dr. Robert Luby, Co-op Member
Note: While this article discusses the medicinal properties of turmeric, it is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.
The spice turmeric (sometimes spelled “tumeric”) comes from the herb known as Curcuma longa, which is in the ginger family. It is the rhizome, or the underground portion of the plant, which is used in making the spice. The rhizomes look very similar to ginger root, but with a deeper orange-gold color. It is this color which imparts the familiar color to curried dishes.