The turmeric I bought has been boiled and dried, and can be grated fresh for recipes on a microplane. Each rhizome is quite hard, and leaves behind a faint trace of powder on my fingers when I touch it. After grating, the smell of the turmeric powder is a bit more fragrant than the pre-ground stuff in my spice cupboard, but since turmeric has a fairly subtle scent, the difference isn't huge. I have a feeling whole turmeric isn't going to be a staple for me, but I'll have fun playing around with this new version of an old standby.
What would you make with a piece of whole turmeric?
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