Food fads come and go—think avocado toast and edible cookie dough—but some foods and ingredients stand the test of time, and turmeric has proven to do just that.
Turmeric has a long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4,000 years to Southeast Asia. It’s also been used in food, cosmetics, and even religious ceremonies. The distinctive yellow color and flavor make it hard to overlook, and over the past couple of decades, turmeric has been found to help with many different bodily ailments, primarily digestion, making it a functional ingredient in many specialty food products. From salad dressings to drinking vinegar to honey to even chocolate, turmeric is having a renaissance moment, and it’s worth getting in on. Here are some turmeric products on store shelves today.
Greenjoy Turmeric Maple Superfood Dressing. This dressing from Greenjoy (formerly Aunt Dottie’s) is all natural, handcrafted, and contains no added preservatives. The aromatic goodness of turmeric adds an exotic note to the sweet maple flavor, making an everyday salad extraordinary. Greenjoy’s Turmeric Maple dressing is versatile, nutrient dense, plant based, and contains Omega-3 oil. greenjoylife.com
GT’s CocoYo Ginger Turmeric Yogurt. The tangy taste of GT’s CocoYo Ginger Turmeric Yogurt comes from the meat of raw, young coconuts, fresh pressed spicy ginger, fresh pressed earthy turmeric, and organic stevia, providing billions of probiotics by the spoonful. This dairy-free snack provides digestive support and is also available in Pure and Vanilla varieties. gtslivingfoods.com
Healthlee Organic Sugar-Free Turmeric Drink. The main ingredient of Healthlee’s Organic Sugar-Free Turmeric Drink is organic turmeric, which reportedly has anti-inflammatory benefits and anti-oxidant properties. This sugar-free variety is a good alternative for anyone who closely monitors their blood sugar levels, or who simply wishes to stay away from sugar. The use of organic black pepper extract and organic olive extract helps to increase the absorption of nutrients along the digestive tract. All ingredients are certified organic. healtheeturmeric.com
Pok Pok Som Turmeric Drinking Vinegar. Full of herbaceous, floral, and citrus flavors, Pok Pok Som’s Turmeric Drinking Vinegar has a bright acidity and a sweet finish. Pok Pok Som’s turmeric comes from Biker Dude Puna Organics from The Big Island in Hawaii. While this Turmeric Drinking Vinegar can be enjoyed by itself for its health benefits, or mixed with gin, vodka, or tequila, it can also be used in savory stir fry dishes or as a marinade. Additional drinking vinegar varieties include Strawberry & Thai Basil, Apple, Cranberry, Ginger, Honey, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Tamarind, Thai Basil, Black Pepper, and Mint, Lime & Cucumber. pokpoksom.com
REBBL Turmeric Golden Milk. REBBL makes its Turmeric Golden Milk to support joint health and digestive wellness. It is made with all organic ingredients, including coconut milk, honey, acacia fiber, turmeric, ginger, vanilla extract, quillaja extract, pink salt, cardamom, black pepper fruit, and stevia extract. Additional REBBL elixirs include Reishi Chocolate, Maca Mocha, Maca Cold-Brew, Reishi Cold-Brew, Turmeric Lemon Crème, Matcha Latte, Ashwagandha Chai, Schizandra Berries & Cream, and 3 Roots Mango Spice. rebbl.co
Rishi Tea Turmeric Ginger. Rishi Tea’s Turmeric Ginger tea is inspired by Ayurvedic herbal tonics for cough and cold season. Its signature lemon-ginger blend balances soothing licorice root, spicy ginger, sweet orange zest, and lively lemongrass in an aromatic infusion featuring turmeric-golden root related to ginger. Additional turmeric tea varieties include Turmeric Chai and Turmeric Mango. rishi-tea.com
RW Garcia Organic Lentil with Turmeric Crackers. RW Garcia Organic 3 Seed Lentil Crackers with Turmeric are great to snack on right out of the box. Made with nutritious ingredients including lentils, stone ground corn, a seed trio of black sesame seed, chia seed, and flax seed, and savory turmeric seasoning, this gluten-free cracker is a healthy snack for the whole family. These crackers are Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA organic, and kosher. rwgarcia.com
Theo Chocolate Turmeric Spice 70% Dark Chocolate. Theo’s newest chocolate bar creation is a blend of aromatic turmeric, spicy black pepper, and warming spices combined with 70% dark chocolate for a smooth and soothing treat. It is organic, Fair for Life, non-GMO, soy-free, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. Made with only cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and ground vanilla bean, Theo’s Turmeric Spice dark chocolate bar is a sweet treat that everyone can enjoy. theochocolate.com
Vegan Rob’s Turmeric Chips. These Turmeric Chips are made with earth-grown ingredients, with scents of pumpkin and brown sugar for a crunchy snack that is also guilt-free. Made with algae protein and rice, they are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, certified vegan, kosher, and contain zero trans fat. Additional chip varieties include Wild Rice, Asparagus, Wild Mushroom, and Spinach & Matcha. veganrobs.com
Verdant Kitchen Turmeric Infused Honey. Verdant Kitchen takes local wildflower honey and infuses it with premium, locally grown, USDA Organic certified turmeric to produce a golden, delicious, and healthful treat. The turmeric rhizomes used are carefully washed, sliced, and dehydrated, then ground ready for infusion at their peak of goodness. Vegan and gluten-free, Verdant Kitchen’s Turmeric Infused Honey is best in a smoothie, drizzled over natural yogurt, or in tea or coffee. verdantkitchen.com
Sara Kay is content and education specialist for the Specialty Food Association.