Do Turmeric and citrus go together? What makes a good Turmeric flavor pairing? Turmeric and citrus – do these flavors really work together?
These are questions we kept asking ourselves too. After all, it isn’t a flavor combination that we were very familiar with, but the answer is yes, Turmeric and citrus flavors complement each other perfectly and we now know why!
Turmeric is an essential ingredient for immune support in Sri Lankan curry powder and we’ve always seen it added into our homemade curries, giving that rich color and rounding out the spicy flavors. In the past few years, we’ve seen Turmeric – mixed with other Asian spices like Cinnamon and Cardamom – popping up in trendy cafés in the form of golden milk lattés, a chai-like hot drink.
More recent interest has centered around homemade recipes for Turmeric teas and tonics to help boost immunity and promote general wellness.
Belonging to the ginger family, Turmeric looks like Ginger’s mini-me with papery, knobbly skin, but deep yellow or orange inside. Its characteristic bright coloring is the reason the superfood is sometimes referred to as the “golden spice” or “Indian saffron”.
Turmeric sits in the spice rack but we wouldn’t call it spicy or hot. It has an earthy, aromatic, bitter taste profile and slight warming, peppery undernotes. Turmeric is now commonly found in health supplements and skincare where its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties are harnessed to support various conditions including arthritic and muscle pains, joint ailments, immune issues, and skin flareups.