I have such a vivid recollection of the first time I had a turmeric latte at my favorite bookstore here in Seattle, the Elliot Bay Book Company coffee shop. It was a rainy morning and I was in the mood for something decadent. As soon as I spotted it on the chalkboard I was intrigued being intimately familiar with the some of the healing properties of turmeric but most of all excited about a superfood latte. I was looking for that multisensory experience, you know, velvety, thick, super flavorful and just that general yumminess from a hot cup of something at the perfect moment. I was not disappointed. It looked like liquid gold and tasted so different, delicious and creamy, slightly pungent and spicy at the same time with a hint of orange and so many twists and turns in the flavor profile. I instantly became obsessed.
Turmeric is the root of the Curcuma Longa plant. A close relative of ginger turmeric grows in India and Southeast Asia. With its anti-allergenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties amongst much much more, this superfood is being touted to help alleviate arthritic conditions, allergies as well as help cause apoptosis in cancer cells. Ayurvedic medicine in India has been using turmeric for centuries.
There are a ton of delicious recipes out there, below are links to two of my favorites. If you want to juice or blend your own turmeric, take note that it can be a messy ordeal since turmeric stains so proceed with caution. I have done this a couple of times and found it to be well worth it. This ginger turmeric latte recipe is really yummy and very simple. I also have another recipe that is my go-to if I don’t have turmeric on hand or on the days I am feeling a bit lazy. So easy and ready just as quickly as a cup of tea. I steam organic unsweetened almond milk, gluten-free, soy-free, carrageenan-free, (if you want a more creamy texture you can use coconut milk). I add a heaping teaspoon of Gaia Golden Milk powder, a small pinch of black pepper, a dash of nutmeg and a dash of ginger powder or if I have juiced ginger on hand I use that and a couple of drops of vanilla. Yummy for the tummy with the added benefits of a dose of anti-inflammatory goodness.