20 recipes that show why turmeric is everyone's favorite food trend

by Justina Huddleston
May 13, 2016 at 7:35 p.m. ET

Lately it seems like everyone's talking about turmeric, and it turns out, it's true.

Google recently released its list of top food trends for the year so far, and turmeric tops the list.

But what is it? And how do you use it?

Turmeric is a rhizome (like ginger) with a bright yellow hue and a slightly bitter, spicy flavor that works well in all manner of recipes, sweet and savory.

What makes it special are its nutritional attributes. curcumin, the compound that gives turmeric a bright color (and stains your countertops, so be careful!), has been found to do everything from prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes and cure indigestion to prevent heart attacks, fight cancer, ease the symptoms of arthritis and improve memory.

Luckily, turmeric is also delicious. Try out this trending spice for yourself in these tasty, healthy recipes.

1 /20: Blood orange turmeric cake

1/20 :Blood orange turmeric cake

A blood orange turmeric upside-down cake is a superfood treat fancy enough to serve guests.

2 /20: Cleansing vegetable turmeric soup

2/20 :Cleansing vegetable turmeric soup

Adding turmeric to this veggie soup makes it even more nutritious than you'd think. 

3 /20: 30-minute turmeric meatball masala

3/20 :30-minute turmeric meatball masala

Turmeric doesn't have to be a gourmet ingredient — this 30-minute meal makes eating it easy.

4 /20: Butternut, apple and turmeric soup

4/20 :Butternut, apple and turmeric soup

Fresh turmeric gives this comforting soup a flavorful, superfood boost.

5 /20: Gluten-free turmeric spice cake

5/20 :Gluten-free turmeric spice cake

Turmeric and a bevy of other spices flavor this gluten-free quick bread.

6 /20: Raw mango turmeric cupcakes

6/20 :Raw mango turmeric cupcakes

Super-snackable, these raw mango turmeric cupcakes are surprisingly satisfying.

7 /20: Orange carrot ginger turmeric smoothie

7/20 :Orange carrot ginger turmeric smoothie

Awaken your senses with this vibrant orange, carrot, ginger and turmeric smoothie.

8 /20: Orange turmeric margaritas

8/20 :Orange turmeric margaritas

Add some nutrition to your happy hour indulgence with this orange turmeric margarita recipe.

9 /20: Creamy mushroom and spinach with turmeric quinoa

9/20 :Creamy mushroom and spinach with turmeric quinoa

Creamy spinach, mushrooms and turmeric quinoa make for a hearty meal.

10 /20: Turmeric apple butter popcorn

10/20 :Turmeric apple butter popcorn

Super-snackable, this smart popcorn is the funnest way to eat your superfoods.

11 /20: Turmeric ginger lemonade

11/20 :Turmeric ginger lemonade

Turmeric ginger lemonade is as good for you as it is tasty.

12 /20: Turmeric chicken rice bowls

12/20 :Turmeric chicken rice bowls

Adding turmeric to your usual routine doesn't have to be hard — just look at this easy chicken rice bowl.

13 /20: Turmeric lemon potatoes and chicken

13/20 :Turmeric lemon potatoes and chicken

A take on Greek lemon potatoes and chicken, this dish adds turmeric for extra color, flavor and health.

14 /20: Turmeric pork skillet

14/20 :Turmeric pork skillet

This simple one-skillet meal is an easy way to incorporate turmeric into your diet.

15 /20: Turmeric zucchini and potato fritters

15/20 :Turmeric zucchini and potato fritters

Crispy patties of zucchini and potato are flavored with turmeric in this recipe.

16 /20: Turmeric baked sweet potato fries

16/20 :Turmeric baked sweet potato fries

Baked sweet potato fries are seasoned with turmeric and served with tahini in this fun recipe.

17 /20: Hot spiced turmeric golden milk

17/20 :Hot spiced turmeric golden milk

Sip this spiced, golden drink in the morning instead of your usual chai — your taste buds will thank you.

18 /20: Turmeric curry soup with crispy pork

18/20 :Turmeric curry soup with crispy pork

Creamy turmeric curry soup with crispy pork and zoodles is a slurpable feast you can feel good about.

19 /20: Turmeric roasted fennel and chickpeas

19/20 :Turmeric roasted fennel and chickpeas

This dish is full of nutritional powerhouses, thanks to kale, turmeric, chickpeas and fennel.

20 /20: Spinach tofu with turmeric rice

20/20 :Spinach tofu with turmeric rice

Tofu and spinach with turmeric rice is a healthy and simple vegetarian meal.