Ground turmeric is a vibrant and mesmerizing golden-yellow hue. It's powdery and has a tendency to cling to whatever it touches. It is often used as a natural dye for fabrics, or as a natural food coloring in dishes where its yellow tint is the desired effect. Ground turmeric has a mild earthy-sweet flavor, with a hint of pepper and many know turmeric as the spice responsible adding coloring and flavoring curries.
Turmeric is used primarily in savory dishes. It is a prominent feature in Indian and Thai curries - but mostly is used for its coloring properties, more than for its flavor.