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Turmeric, a shrub related to ginger, is grown throughout India, other parts of Asia, and Africa. Known for its warm, bitter taste, turmeric gives curry its distinctive bright yellow color. Turmeric’s finger-like underground stems (rhizomes) are peeled and dried to make a powder and are used in capsules, teas, or liquid extracts. Turmeric is also commonly used to color other food products such as mustard and cheese. It should not be confused with Javanese turmeric.