What do mustard and curry powder have in common? Their yellow hue comes courtesy of kunyit. It’s a common superfood spice in local Malaysian and Asian cooking in general. Yes, they add flavour, but there are actually more uses for turmeric that go beyond cooking.
What is turmeric?
This golden spice comes from the curcuma longa or curcuma domestica plant, which is native to South Asia. The bold spice comes from the root-like section that grows under the soil, called a rhizome. The rhizomes are boiled and dried to make turmeric powder, which is sold on its own and also incorporated into many curry powder blends. You can also find the fresh version at some specialty grocery stores.