I saw this root at the grocery the other day — it’s fresh turmeric.
A pinkie sized root ended up costing about 19 cents, certainly a cheap price for a new taste treat. Peeled and eaten raw, it’s like a carrot in texture but with a much zingier taste. I chopped it fine and used it instead of dried turmeric in my favorite cauliflower recipe, Everyday Cauliflowerby Madhur Jaffrey.
This is a tangy party in your mouth, with ginger, cayenne, coriander, asafetida, green chilis — oh yeah, and cauliflower, too!