Species: Curcuma longa
Other names: Indian saffron, yellow ginger, commonly misspelled or mispronounced as "tumeric"
Appearance: bright golden orange---both the fresh root and the dried powder
Typically used: Whole or Powdered
Flavor: Earthy, bitter, pungent
Aroma: Turmeric is mildly aromatic and has scents of orange or ginger.
Culinary uses: Both fresh turmeric and turmeric spice are commonly used in the making of curries, which is one reason why it’s a kitchen must-have for Indian cooking.