The season to harvest RAW TURMERIC has just begun!
Our original superfood that has been compared to Gold, Haldi/Turmeric, in both raw (fresh) and dried (spice) forms has amazing health benefits.
However, there is a key difference in both forms. Dried turmeric is made by peeling, boiling, drying, and grinding the rhizomes – losing some of its essential oils and punch but still provides warmth, color, benefits.
#RawTurmeric is just pulled out of the soil, washed & added to dals/ sabji, or made into a bhaji, as it does not have a knock-out flavour like the spice. Although the raw version of turmeric is less popular, its benefits are as important as the Haldi spice, especially during season change.
Why Consume Raw Turmeric Tea?
Because we should balance our mindless consumption of junk (including the “healthy cookies, diet namkeens & other namesake health foods") with mindful choices of real ingredients that would nourish the body.
Some more on "WHY"
Our food choices for ourselves & our kids have drastically changed from what our Grandmas would have chosen.
With the choices & quality of food going down, our bodies become short on naturally available nutrients; one of the factors for common brain disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Stress etc (& more serious ones) are linked to a decrease in levels of a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), that is directly linked to our food intake, & obviously so because neurons (brain cells) too are made by the body with the food we consume.
Therefore, mindful eating becomes all the more relevant.
Raw Turmeric Tea recipe
Grate turmeric root and ginger root.
Simmer them in some hot water for 5 mins after adding grounded black pepper. The bioavailability of curcumin increases in presence of black pepper, so it's a must.
Take the pot off the heat and add tulsi leaves, cinnamon, or any other herb of your liking.
Cover the pot and let it rest for another minute.
Now you can add sweeteners for your choice. Avoid honey though.