Trying to figure out how to use this new spice I bought, I did some research. Wanna know more about turmeric? I can hear you saying an excited "Yeah!" right now. :)
The following info was taken from http://hubpages.com/hub/Turmeric-milk-pickle-Recipes
Turmeric also known as the Indian Saffron is a member of the ginger family and widely used because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic
properties. Turmeric is a perennial shrub that is grown in India and other tropical areas of Asia. This spice is also used as food color and to add flavor in Indian cuisine. Turmeric is a significant ingredient of most curry powders, beauty creams and antiseptics. In India turmeric is considered to be auspicious and also have a religious significance. Turmeric is used in hindu religious rituals. In some parts of India turmeric and milk mixture is offered while doing Snake worship. There is also a tradition of haldi ceremony where turmeric paste is applied to bride and groom before marriage in some places of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The active chemical component of Turmeric is curcumin which is believed to reduce inflammation by reducing histamine levels and also stimulate the adrenal glands and is effective in treating joint pains and artheritis. Research has proved suggest that turmeric protects the liver from the bad effects of certain toxins, including alcohol. It
is also said to protect against heart attacks and strokes. Turmeric is also an
excellent digestive aid.Research on Curcumin as also showed some anti-cancer
properties. It is also said to be good for Alzheimers's Disease. Turmeric mixed in warm Milk is said to strengthen bones. Turmeric milk can also be used for treating colds, Asthma and for reducing pain associated with arthritis if consumed 2-3 times a day.
Ooh yeah. Let me just go mix up some turmeric milk right now. YUCK!!!! Guess I'll only be using it for this one dish. Just as I feared. Good thing it wasn't expensive!