Dry turmeric is a yellow to deep orange coloured turmeric rhizome that is mainly ground to make turmeric powder. It has a slight peppery and warm flavour with a mustard-like aroma and can be used to add colours in foods. The spice is picked from curcuma longa which is a flowering plant that belongs to the ginger family. Dry turmeric consists of a natural pigment known as curcumin which make it suitable for cosmetic and medical purposes. It also helps to reduce the inflammation or can be used to cure hay fever, depression, high cholesterol, liver disease and itching.