First it was raw almonds. Then it was quinoa. At some point chia seeds had their big moment. And, of course, we can't forget kale (seriously, I've tried). And now, may I present, the holiest of holy, healthiest of healthy, super-est of superfoods: TURMERIC!
Ground from a root similar to ginger, the dark yellow spice has been a fixture of Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine since time immemorial (think curries, biryanis, lentil soups). But now, what was once considered the poor man's saffron, has wooed the Western health elite with its alleged ability to treat a whole roster of ailments like psoriasis and indigestion. Plus, it might even ward off cancer.
The little seasoning that could has creeped its way into everything from face masks to French fries, despite its chalky, bitter taste. Thankfully, as its cred continues to surge amongst health-conscious cooks, an increasingly diverse bounty of delicious turmeric-rich recipes has been unleashed into the blogosphere. Here are a few of them.