Known for its golden hue, antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory qualities, turmeric has long been a staple in Indian, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. Now, health-conscious consumers across the nation are looking to turmeric for its medicinal properties and ethnic flair. The newest trend for turmeric has restaurants and cafes offering turmeric in foods and beverages, including juices and Golden Lattes, made with honey, almond milk, coconut oil, ginger and cinnamon. Heightened consumer demand for ethnic foods, especially Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, has made turmeric a spice to embrace in the kitchen. The spice saw 29% menu growth in the past year, adding flair to soups, house-made salad dressings, chicken and rice.
Ideas for your operation:
- Turmeric tea is an easy-to-prepare beverage to add to your menu. Combine cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, hot water and honey for a delicious hot beverage with supplementary health benefits.
- Feature a salad with house-made turmeric dressing, adding sea salt and cracked pepper, ginger, honey and olive oil.
- Because it’s rich in antioxidants and an excellent anti-inflammatory, turmeric is the ideal spice to feature on patient menus. Serve turmeric-ginger chicken soup with scallions, fresh lemon juice and noodles.
- Host a “Feast from the East” dinner for your seniors, complete with dishes that feature turmeric. Menu items can include turmeric-ginger chicken soup, turmeric tea and Middle Eastern-inspired desserts like Persian-style baklava.
Want more ideas for your hospital or senior living facility? Download entegra’s 2018 Top Ten Trends Paper for Seniors or Acute Segments.
Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.