From my last travel to Réunion (French Island in the Indian Ocean), I brought back fresh turmeric (Curcuma longa), grown in the South of the island, under a humid and hot climate.
Turmeric, also called « safran péi » in Réunion, is a key ingredient of Creole gastronomy. It is used to prepare meat or fish « carry », and gives them an inimitable spicy taste.
Curcumin, a constituent of turmeric, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its numerous health benefits, especially its anti-inflammatory properties , . Thought its medicinal properties have recently been questioned , it is incontestably a “it” ingredient, that can be used both fresh or in powder. In Tasty Fourmi, we like to use fresh turmeric into green smoothie for a shot of energy in the morning. And you, what are your favorite turmeric recipes?
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