IT IS VERY DIFFICULT to distinguish turmeric from saffron because of the similar bright yellow colour. However, do not be fooled as turmeric and saffron are two different plants.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), belonging to the ginger family, is a root plant. It has a golden colour which gives curry powder its visual appearance and it is very popular for its medicinal properties.
Turmeric contains compounds called ‘curcuminoids’ (curcumin) which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Further research conducted suggests that curcumin is linked to improved brain function, lower risk of heart diseases and can even be useful in the control of depression and in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Turmeric is inexpensive and can be found at the local markets in Trinidad.