Turmeric is a flowering plant of the ginger family, the rhizomes of which are used in cooking. Plants are gathered for their rhizomes, some for propagation in the following season and some for consumption.
Curcumin, a bright yellow chemical produced by the turmeric plant
The rhizomes are used fresh or boiled in water and dried, after which they are ground into a deep orange-yellow powder commonly used as a coloring and flavoring agent in many Asian cuisines, especially for curries, as well as for dyeing, characteristics imparted by the principal turmeric constituent, curcumin.
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