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Turmeric Powder

Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavour and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color.Turmeric is widely cultivated for its rhizomes which are used as a bright yellow-orange culinary spice. It has been known as poor man's saffron because it offers a less expensive alternative yellow colouring. In turmeric, curcumin is the primary pigment and is generally used in various food industries as a food color. It is mainly used in dairy products, beverages, cereal, confectionary, ice cream, bakery, and savory products.


Turmeric is mostly used in flavored milk drinks, cultured milk and desserts to obtain lemon and banana colors in dairy. Turmeric is added at higher levels to sausages, pickles, relishes, sauces, dry mixes, and fish due to its original usage as a spice.

Composition
 Turmeric contains curcumin and an essential oil
 Dry rhizomes yield 5.8 % essential oil
 Fresh ones yield 0.24 % oil containing zingiberine
 Ketone and alcohol are obtained on volatile distillation

COMPOSITION OF TURMERIC
 Value per 100 grams
 Moisture :13.100 gm
 Protein : 6.300 gm
 Fat : 5.100 gm
     Minerals : 3.500 gm
 Fibre: 2.600 gm
 Carbohydrates: 69.400 gm
   Energy: 349.000 K cal
 Calcium: 150.000 mg
 Phosphorus: 282.000 mg
 Iron: 67.800 mg