Also known as the "Golden Spice" it is a commonly used spice in Indian dishes, including lentil and meat dishes, and in Southeast Asian cooking. Turmeric is routinely added to mustard blends and relishes. It also is used in place of saffron to provide color and flavor.
Turmeric is mildly aromatic and has scents of orange or ginger. It has a pungent, bitter flavor.