Did you know that Turmeric is a member of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside ginger, and shares many similarities with its sibling? Here are more amazing facts about this spice, the ‘Saffron of India’:
• Turmeric has been used in the Himalayas in Ayurvedic medicine for over 5000 years.
• India is the world’s largest producer and consumer of turmeric powder.
• In Sanskrit, turmeric has at least 53 different names.
• The majority of turmeric’s health benefits are thanks to curcumin, a specific compound found in turmeric.
• However, it only contains 3% curcumin by weight.