Relationship: Child of im/migrant

Aromas of food bring many memories to people. For centuries turmeric has been used in Indian cuisine and as ayurvedic, or holistic, medicine. Turmeric is a vibrant spice that has anti-inflammatory properties. The spice comes from the herb Curcuma Longa, which grows in India. However, although turmeric can prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol, turmeric has far more uses in Dravidian culture than just for food. Illustratively, in Hindu culture, a turmeric-covered string is wrapped around a bride in marriage in a sacred ritual to wish the couple a healthy marriage. During Onam festivals, people use dyed turmeric to color their clothing with Krishna’s color.Additionally, my grandmother always puts turmeric in curries. She will often make chicken curry and naan, a classic that can be found all over India. Not only are smells that fill up the house remarkable, but they also help me remember all the great times we have with my grandmother. One bite and the tasters feel as though they are eating street food all over Indian cities. People around the globe travel to India to taste the native food. The spicy overtones create diversity in flavors for the taster. Thus, while turmeric reminds me of family, such as my grandmother, the spice also reminds me of my native culture. Therefore, these experiences make me glad that I can live in America and experience other cultures. It only takes one bite.

Place(s): India
Year: 1980

– Benjamin Alexander

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