This relative of ginger, gives curry it's rich yellow color. Turmeric is mildly aromatic and has scents of orange or ginger is often recommended for it's medicinal purposes.
With a musty base flavor it combines classically with Indian lentil and vegetable dishes. Try it in rice cooked in coconut milk for a vibrant, full-flavored side dish.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect.