Turmeric powder comes from the root of Curucuma longa, a leaf plant in the ginger family. The root, or rhizome, has a tough brown skin and a bright orange flesh. Ground Turmeric comes from fingers which extend from the root. It is boiled or steamed, then dried and ground.
Ground Turmeric Powder is a necessary ingredient of curry powder. It is used extensively in Indian dishes, including lentil and meat dishes. Turmeric, also known as arad is usually added to mustard blends and relishes. It is also used in place of saffron to provide colour and flavour. It is mildly aromatic and has undertones of orange and ginger.