Cardamom is the dried and un-ripened fruit of the tree. Try opening a Cardamom pod and you would be able to figure out some seeds which are tiny, brown and beautifully fragrant. Slightly pungent to taste, it is exactly this benefit that makes it soothe the throat. While you can pick up just the extracted seeds from the market, it is always better to have the entire pod to its added freshness and natural flavour. Being one of the oldest spices in the world, Cardamoms are the world’s second most expensive spice, following the league after saffron.
Benefits and Hidden Treasures
- This exotic spice is rich in plant derived chemical compounds which are antioxidant and prevent diseases. A regular intake of cardamoms also boosts the health and fitness of the body.
- The pods of Cardamom contain essential volatile oils which are again rare benefits being offered and not found in every fruit and vegetable.
- Traditional medicines use the therapeutic properties of Cardamom oil in the manufacture and composition. Healing pain and relief from aches, cardamoms are extensively used as antiseptic, antispasmodics, carminatives, digestives and diuretics.
- A good source of minerals like potassium and magnesium, it is an important component of cell fluids making it control and regularize heart rate.
- Rich in Iron and manganese, it helps in blood stream cleansing and repair.
Select and Store
While fresh pods andseeds are available easily, the powdered form is also found. The best way to choose a good pod is to check the characteristics. Heavier pods are better. Also, avoid buying the pods which are lighter and have discolouration of the surface. It may appear mouldy and rough. Choose the pods which have a smooth texture.
Used in almost the cuisines of the world, the cardamoms are extensively used in Indian cuisines. Be it spicy or sweets the cardamoms can be used in any food due their aroma yet tasteless nature. Sheer indulgence, cardamoms can enhance the flavour of regular foods as well.
SafetyConsuming cardamom is small quantities is beneficial. Too much of cardamom in the diets can induce ulcerations and indigestion.