Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ingredient Love: Turmeric for Health & a Juicer Recipe

A few weeks ago I was at Whole Foods perusing the beautiful produce when fresh turmeric caught my eye. The brown root looks a lot like ginger, but is bright orange inside. Turmeric has been used forever in ayurvedic medicine for its numerous health benefits. I remembered Dr. Oz talking about turmeric tea and turmeric capsules. I love the warmth and bright yellow color it adds to curries and soups. The powdered form is easiest to use, but I couldn't resist buying one of the fresh roots on my shopping trip. But what exactly does one do with fresh turmeric? 

Some people chew little pieces of the raw turmeric root. I tried that and wouldn't do it again - yuck. I decided to throw a piece in my juicer and think juicing turmeric may be the tastiest and easiest way to go. This juice gave me a big happy afternoon energy boost better than any latte. 
 Carrot, Orange, Turmeric Juice Recipe

Serves 1

2-inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled with a vegetable peeler
3 large carrots
2 large oranges, peeled

Process all ingredients through a juicer and serve over ice. Recipe can be doubled and kept in a covered container in the refrigerator for a few days.

Dr. Oz

More Turmeric Recipes:
Turmeric Juice from Mind Body Green
New Uses for Turmeric from Cooking Light
Indian Spiced Chicken or Vegetable Soup from Spicie Foodie
Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Calming Creamy Turmeric Tea


  1. I love adding tumeric to recipes, especially in powder form since it doesn't have a very strong taste you can't really detect it ;) happy Sunday!

  2. I've never seen this! I thought it was ginger when I first saw the photo, but that color, oh my gosh. I am running, not walking, to my nearest Whole Foods to see if I can find some. I never knew turmeric was a root. Great post, Marina!

  3. Great tips Marina! I didn't really know anything about turmeric before this! I like to make smoothies so I could def try this:) oxxoxo H

  4. I love love love this so much. Carrot juice is one of my favorites and with turmeric I am sure it so good. I don't have a juicer but I still want to make this somehow. I am going to try a smoothie of sorts and see how that works.

  5. I love turmeric, your juice is gorgeous!

  6. Oh yum!!! I looks like a beautiful little pick me up!

  7. no idea tumeric did all those things. Note to self to try this drink!

  8. I love how appetizing this juice looks. I have never thought of adding turmeric to a juicer, going to try this one tomorrow.

  9. Turmeric is my new favorite ingredient, it goes into all of my teas lately.

  10. Anonymous9:57 AM

    Going to whole foods to buy turmeric. Where can I get an juicer from? Please share if you know

    1. Hi there, I've had an old juiceman juicer for 10+ years... but they do sell them at Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Williams Sonoma, or most any home or kitchen stores.

  11. I just finished a 3 day juice cleanse last week. Carrots, orange, ginger, turmeric, beets - all those red, orange and warming spices and flavors are the best!

  12. Perhaps, our ancestors were aware of numerous turmeric health benefits even when there were lack of educated people in the society, and that is why they preferred using it in almost every food item that required coloring.

  13. Anonymous5:12 PM

    My grand mother used to boil the turmeric root and gave it to us whenever we had a fall. We grew up never sick.

  14. You really don't have to peel anything, just make sure everything is Organic!!

  15. I also know that you shouldn't put it in the fridge, just juice and drink. The cold takes all the nutrients out of it.

  16. you can order it over the internet easily- got some today, lovely & fresh! Can't wait to try!


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