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Turmeric Powder

Turmeric Powder

Curcuma longa

Origin: India
From£5.99 per kg

Turmeric is a flowering plant that belongs to the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. The plant is a perennial, rhizomatous, herbaceous plant native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It requires temperatures between 20 and 30 °C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.

Plants are gathered each year for their rhizomes, some for propagation in the following season and some for consumption. We source our turmeric from India, which has been transformed into a powder to make it ready for consumption. Get yours in either 1kg, 5kg or 25kg packs below – the more you buy, the more you save!


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History and background

Nicknamed the ‘golden spice’, turmeric is without doubt one of the most widely used – and well-liked – spices in the world. Although nowadays we mainly associate it with Indian cuisine, it wasn’t always this way; rewind 4,000 years, and the spice had a religious significance. Not only was it added to Indian dishes, it was used in religious ceremonies too. Such is its association with Indian culture that the spice has also been nicknamed ‘Indian saffron’.

It wouldn’t reach China or Africa for centuries. It’s estimated that China was the first nation besides India to gain access to turmeric in circa 700 A.D., with Europeans only becoming aware of the spice in the late 1200s via Italian explorer and merchant Marco Polo.

How to use turmeric powder

Although the plant’s root is best known for its distinctive flavour and vivid yellow hue – two things that have made it a staple of Indian cuisine – its uses extend far beyond cooking. It’s been used as a natural colouring agent, for instance. And it became a cornerstone of Ayurvedic medicine, thanks to the wide range of health benefits it was believed to offer.

Today, these benefits are much better understood. Turmeric is now considered to be an effective dietary supplement, having been used to treat everything from digestive disorders to joint pain, respiratory ailments, allergies and much more.

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Turmeric’s anti-arthritic property is proven to be as good as that of phenylbutazone, a painkiller commonly prescribed to horses and also used by humans. It can prevent inflammation and inflammation induced cartilage loss.

It is, in fact, turmeric that gives curries their distinctive colour and flavour. The spice is a key ingredient for curry powder but it’s also used in a range of food items that you may not expect. Manufactured foods such as ice cream, yoghurt, dairy products, popcorn and orange juice can sometimes contain the spice for its colour-enhancing benefits.

For as long as the spice has been around, our ancestors have been using it to treat a wide range of conditions. According to Ayurveda principles, it is thought to strengthen the body’s energy, relieve arthritis and improve digestion. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners use it to treat abdominal pain. It is considered to be a bitter digestive, which can stimulate the production of bile and has carminative properties. Turmeric’s main active ingredient is curcumin, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The active ingredient inhibits the production of inflammation-causing genes, so it’s useful for several health conditions characterised by inflammation, such as arthritis and heart disease.The golden spice has also been shown to ramp up antioxidant activity and bolster the body’s defences against free radical attack. This can improve health outcomes and also has a positive effect on the skin as free radical damage can cause premature ageing.

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Most of our ingredients can be delivered within 2-3 working days, with free delivery to the UK mainland on all orders over £25 and a 30 day returns policy. For more information, visit our Delivery & Returns page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Turmeric is most commonly added to South Asian dishes, and can be found in curry powder. However, those wishing to take full advantage of the health benefits of turmeric often choose to add the powder to water to create what’s known as turmeric water. This makes it easier to consume higher doses of the spice.

There’s plenty of research to support the health benefits of turmeric, yes. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it contains compounds called curcuminoids, which are believed to have medicinal properties.