It’s vital to a vindaloo, but Sheffield Hallam University scientists have discovered a common Indian spice can crack crime too.
Medical researchers have found that turmeric is more versatile than anyone could have thought.
They’ve found that the golden powder can highlight fingerprints at crime scenes and even detect key characteristics of a suspect such as traces of drug abuse.
Analysis revealed the spice’s main ingredient has the same characteristics as chemicals commonly used by forensic experts.
Dr Simona Francese said: “Turmeric has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions from colds to tumours but to be used to enhance fingerprints? Initially I thought that it was just amusing.
“But then, the more I thought about it and the more I looked into its molecular structure, the more interested I became.”
Turmeric has been found to be better at highlighting fingerprints than current techniques, and interferes less with other substances such as drug traces.