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Blue Turmeric Is the Latest Super Spice to Shake Up Pantry Shelves

The little-known turmeric variety offers unique flavor and health benefits without dyeing your food—or fingers.

Dried blue turmeric.

Dried blue turmeric.

Photographer: Naila Ruechel for Bloomberg

Think of a popular superfood, and turmeric will be near the top of the list. It’s achieved that status because of perceived anti-inflammatory properties that may help alleviate joint pain and high blood pressure. Turmeric is a key ingredient in curry powder, and today can be found as an add-in to just about any smoothie, grain bowl, and latte.

But there’s one variety of the ubiquitous spice that is only now gaining traction in the U.S.: blue turmeric.