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What to Do With Fresh Turmeric Root

Turmeric is trending! Grab some fresh turmeric root and read on to find out what to do with this exotic ingredient.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,
Episode #453

Tips for Working with Turmeric Root

Here are a few additional tipsgleaned through personal trial and errorfor dealing with this unusual ingredient.

How to store it: Wash your turmeric root, shake it dry, and then wrap it in a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture and store in an unclosed plastic bag in your vegetable crisper. Stored this way, it will keep for a 2-3 weeks. If you hang on to it for too long, it will either dry out and shrivel up or get moldy. Either way, toss it.

How to prepare it: Use a microplane grater to finely grate the root. (No need to peel it.) Fresh turmeric root can stain your fingers and fingernails so you may want to protect them with latex gloves. It may also leave a sticky orange residue on your grater. A scrub with hot soapy water should remove it.

Boost the benefit: Turmeric’s health benefits are due to a compound called curcumin, but this molecule is rather poorly absorbed from the digestive tract. Piperine, a compound found in black pepper, greatly enhances the absorption of curcumin, so turmeric and pepper make a beneficial spice combo.

Try This at Home

If you’ve never enjoyed fresh turmeric, I hope this week’s episode has inspired you to check it out. Are you already fan of fresh turmeric? Post your photos and recipes for your favorite ways to enjoy it on the Nutrition Diva Facebook page.

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