Turmeric Tea

My discovery of turmeric came about in a very odd way. When I lived in my former apartment in Washington Heights, about two years ago, I was cooking chicken for dinner one night. I was looking through our seemingly endless array of spices from roommates then-current and past. I came across the turmeric and gave it a sniff. Aromatic, indeed! I shook some on top of my chicken. “OOOH. Yellow chicken! Hey, and it tastes good, too!”, I exclaimed upon my first bite!

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I wish I could say that I did research on the medicinal and traditional uses of turmeric prior to my initial use of it, leading me to use it for its supposed anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral activities.

No, I just popped it on some chicken.

But DAMN can you make some tasty tea with it!

turmeric tea

In all seriousness, I enjoy the taste of turmeric (thought it admittedly took me a few tries to truly acquire it), and I have recently taken the time to further research its aforementioned medicinal properties. It may not be a cure all, but I see no harm in getting a potential health boost by adding to my chicken, vegetables, grains, or even a cup of hot water. On a strictly anecdotal basis, I can say that this tea does make my stomach feel better if it’s a little upset or if I’ve overindulged.

This is a wonderful alternative to a cup of coffee or a spot of traditional tea.

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Turmeric Tea
(Adapted from the 101 Cookbooks recipe for Turmeric Tea)
(Serves 1)

Ingredients

– 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
– 1/2 to 1 tablespoon honey (depending on preference for sweetness; use raw honey, if possible)
– 1 crack of black pepper (optional)
– 8 ounces hot water

Before We Get Started…

-Turmeric stains. Simply put. Be prepared to have yellow fingernails for a couple of days. Do not wear this while wearing light colors, unless you want some seemingly inexplicable yellow stains on your favorite clothes.

Directions:

1.) In a small bowl, whisk together turmeric and honey until the turmeric is fully incorporated into the honey.

2.) Heat eight ounces of water until water starts to bubble, but is not fully boiling.

3.) In a large mug (enough to hold eight ounces), spoon turmeric honey paste into the bottom. Add hot water and stir until combined. Add optional black pepper at this point and stir into tea.

Note: This mixture will tend to settle as the drink sits, to be sure to continue to stir it occasionally while drinking.

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