Turmeric: A Food Colorant and Condiment

Turmeric is a food colorant and condiment. Turmeric belongs to the same family as the pungent ginger. Turmeric is also known as curcuma, Indian saffron, or yellow ginger. Turmeric is grown in tropical and subtropical areas such as China, Indonesia, India, Jamaica, Haiti, Philippines and Peru.

Turmeric contains gum, starch, mineral matter, cellulose, oil and curcumin. Curcumin is a mordant – a substance that is used for dying fabrics. When used as a dye, curcumin, curcumin reacts chemically and form an insoluble substance which is firmly attached to the fabric.

Turmeric oil is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. Curcuma oil is anti-endemic, anti-bacterial and has anti-insecticidal properties on insects especially houseflies.

The Medicinal Properties of Turmeric

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