Turmeric is often known as the ‘Golden Spice’ and ‘Indian saffron’ taking into account the various health benefits and the characteristic flavour and aroma it adds to a dish. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric which has powerful biological properties and is used extensively in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine to cure a variety of health conditions including chronic pain and inflammation. Western medicine has begun to study turmeric as a pain reliever and healing agent.
Turmeric is consumed primarily in the powdered form as a flavourful condiment in the Orient and is a common ingredient in Indian cuisines. There are sundry companies in India which offers Turmeric powder but choosing the best for you may prove difficult for there are several varieties of turmeric seen throughout India which drastically differs in Quality.
According to IISR(Indian Institute of Spice Research) there are 8 varieties of turmeric produced throughout India and from which ‘Sudarshana’, a high quality and high yielding variety, adopted in Kerala and Andhrapradesh is considered best of all turmeric varieties with 7.9% Curcumin as active ingredient whereas other varieties yields an average of 5.9%. To get the most out of your money, you should opt for a brand similar to Quality Food Products which is based in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh and sources locally for the raw materials.