Turmeric is a tropical plant related to ginger that is native to the forest wetlands of Southeast Asia.
The plant has a tough rhizome that has been used in India for thousands of years to produce a golden dye. The dried, ground root is also the source of the spice turmeric, which is a staple in Indian and South Asian cuisines. Powdered turmeric root is also traditionally used to make a paste for minor skin irritations.
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark cabinet or pantry.