Turmeric is from the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family. Formerly used as a fabric dye, turmeric is a spice commonly used in Indian and other Asian cuisines. It is derived from the dried underground stem of the Curcuma longa plant, which is a relative of the ginger plant. It has a warm, earthy and peppery taste and a mild aroma. To create turmeric powder, the turmeric is normally boiled, then sun dried going on to be ground into a powder.