Cardamom is a spice and it is actually among the most expensive ones everywhere around the world. It is very popular and it can be used for a wide array of different medicinal and culinary purposes. Cardamom plant originates from the southwest part of India, but it has also been used in the ancient times of Persia, Egypt, Rome and China. The plant comes from the family of Zingiberaceae and it also belongs to the genera of amomum and eletttaria. The plant which comes from the genus of amomum have dark brown seedpods, while those who belong to the genus of elettaria have seedpods which are light green. Both types of plants have black seeds which are enclosed in seedpods shaped like spindles. The black seeds are also characterized by a triangular cross section.
Culinary Benefits of Cardamom
Cardamom has been used for various medicinal purposes ever since the times of Vedic texts, ancient Indian Ayurveda inscriptions and the traditions of the Ancients Arabs, Romans and Greeks. It was used as a potent aphrodisiac since the earliest days of human civilizations. It was also used for numerous religious purposes, besides the obvious culinary uses. When it comes to culinary uses, the green cardamom is much more popular than its brown counterpart. They have different taste and fragrance. Brown cardamom is commonly used in the preparation of various types of curries, while the green variety is commonly used as a flavoring for tea, curries, meat, sweet dishes, coffee, etc. It may also be used for the enhancement of mastication, prevention of bad breath and an increased production of saliva.
Cardamom Health Benefits
Most people use cardamom only as a spice without giving it much thought about the wide array of health benefits it actually may provide. It can be used for the treatment of numerous different types of medical conditions such as throat problems, lung congestion, digestive disorders, gum infections, teeth infections and many others. Some cultures used for the treatment of gall stones, kidney disorders, scorpion bites, snake bites and several other serious medical conditions. Cardamom is very efficient when it comes to the prevention and treatment of indigestion, abdominal bloating, heartburn, poor appetite, stomach infections, high blood pressure, genital infections, urinary infections, tooth infections, bad breath, gum infections, cough, headaches, erectile dysfunction, sexual weakness, premature ejaculation, low libido, impotence, respiratory spasms and muscular spasms. Side effects of cardamom may include stomach pain and allergic reactions.