Boosting food with fresh turmeric

Golden Apple Latte, photography by CJ Baldacchino during a live tv show

Golden Turmeric is a strong antioxidant and there is scientific evidence of its anti-inflammatory properties which can aid in the relief of chronic pain caused by arthritis, tendonitis and osteoarthritis.  It is also being used to treat skin problems and some forms of cancer. In small doses, turmeric has little or no side effects but if you have health concerns always check with your doctor before you make changes to your diet.

It is a spice that has been used in Southern Asia for centuries. The active compound in turmeric is curcumin and it is part of the ginger family.  clinical studies have shown that it can be extraordinarily good for our well-being. I like to boosting meals with nutritious ingredients and for the past three years I have been using fresh turmeric root in small amounts nearly every day.

Recipes can be easily adapted to incorporate small amounts of fresh turmeric into our diet.  Good quality fresh root is now readily available in Malta as its popularity and demand is growing.

Turmeric is an ingredient found in curry mixes and other spice blends used in Indian and Asian Foods. It is inexpensive and to benefit from its properties it is best incorporated into our diets regularly and in small amounts rather than having a concentrated one-off dose.

Golden Apple Latte

You will need:

1/2 fresh turmeric root
½ vanilla pod
4 cups coconut milk or almond milk
1 tbsp agave
2 lemon ginger teabags
1/2 cup boiling water
2 apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 teaspoon maca powder

As winter approaches, there is nothing more welcoming than a golden latte. To vary flavours add different fruits and poach them with the milk and fresh turmeric root.

Peel and chop the apples. Make a strong infusion of lemon ginger tea by placing the tea bags in a cup and pouring half a cup of boiling water. Allow to brew and remove the tea bags. Place the milk, grated turmeric root, vanilla, chopped apples and lemon ginger tea infusion in a saucepan and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove the saucepan from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Add the agave and the maca powder. Blend until frothy using in a liquidiser.

This is a gluten-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, vegan recipe.  For a non vegan recipe you can use cow’s milk and honey instead of agave.


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4 responses to “Boosting food with fresh turmeric”

      1. My pleasure, Happy Sunday.

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