Fresh or dried, turmeric has an earthy, pleasantly bitter taste that magnifies the flavors of other spices. Its peppery, citrusy notes also make it a delicious spice for seasoning dishes all on its own, though it’s wise to always add a sprinkling of black pepper, which provides a spicy kick that counterbalances turmeric’s astringent side.
If you’re lucky enough to come across fresh turmeric root, (you are here!)
grab a few knobby pieces and keep them on hand. Then it’s just a matter of grating the root (the way you’d grate fresh ginger) and adding it to dishes where you want turmeric’s unique flavors to shine. Fresh turmeric will stain your hands, so use kitchen gloves when peeling and grating it.
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