Steenbergs Organic Turmeric is an ochre coloured, earthy tasting spice that is the key to Indian cookery. For me, turmeric is one of those quintessial spices - almost to brightly coloured like a water-based paint powder, an earthy flavour and just a hint of warmth and all from a boring looking root (rhizome) that lurks in the ground. What makes mustard yellow? It isn't the mustard seed, it's the turmeric - Steenbergs organic turmeric has a very intense, bright yellow-orange colour. Use only ½ of the organic turmeric that a recipe calls for in pickles, mustard or Indian cooking. Use Steenbergs organic turmeric for a whole variety of curries and it can also be used to colour rice rather than saffron.
Turmeric is a tropical rhizome, Curcuma longa, that has long, flat green leaves that grow from the root system - think of bearded lilies with their rhizomes and flattish green leaves. Turmeric's leaves grow to about 1m high (3ft). Turmeric rhizomes are similar to ginger in appearance and grow 5-8cm long (2-3.25 inches), although they are rounder in cross-section, reaching 1.5cm in thickness (0.5 inch). Turmeric powder is a bright yellow, although it can be more orange-yellow and almost brown, with a distinctive earthyand citrussy aroma and warm, floral, spicy and woody flavour that is surprisingly delicious; underneath all the flavours is a deep and sexy musky note. The colour of turmeric comes from its natural curcumin colouration.