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Turmeric can easily be mistaken for ginger (tangawizi) as they look similar. Fresh turmeric has a slightly bitter taste and, when cut or sliced, it has a deep yellow colour on the inside. Turmeric, in powder form, is mostly used to flavour food and is used as a food colour for mustards, curry powder, cheese butter. In root form, fresh turmeric is widely used for medicinal purposes. It contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties and is considered the most effective nutritional supplement.
Turmeric has components that assist in the reduction of inflammation, especially within the digestive system. The spice also contains antioxidants that help in the protection of free radicals that are a common contributor to cancer development. It also contains good amounts of minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium. You can purchase it fresh from vegetable and fruit markets for Sh200-250 for half a kg.
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