pepper · earthy · bitter · citrus
A close cousin to ginger, turmeric is a rhizome plant native to Southeast Asia. Turmeric’s root-like underground stems have a pungent orange flesh that can be used either fresh or dried. Turmeric is very trendy as of lately but don’t forget to take your turmeric together with black pepper. Turmeric and black pepper each have health benefits, due to the compounds curcumin (turmeric) and piperine (black pepper). As piperine enhances curcumin absorption in the body by up to 2,000%, combining the spices magnifies their effects. This powerful mixture has been as staple remedy in Aryuveda (ancient Indian healing philosophy) for thousands of years to reduce inflammation and improve digestion.