Cardamom is a spice popular and cherished the world over thanks to its amazing uses and properties. For this reason, it is called the Queen of Spices.
Cardamom, as we find use for it, is actually the dried, unripened fruit (pods), inside which are tiny, dark aromatic seeds that are intense in taste. The entire cardamom pod can be used whole or ground.
By scientific classification, cardamom belongs to the family Zingiberaceae, and comes in two distinct varieties – Elettaria (Green pods) and Amomum (Dark Brown/Black pods). Cardamom is native to tropical and subtropical Asia. The best variety of green cardamom comes from the southern states of India.
Most people think of cardamom as a spice to flavour a variety of foods and beverages. But, its medicinal properties are just as varied and amazing. It is helpful in conditions like high blood pressure, chronic disease, chronic inflammation, digestive problems, cavities, bad breath, infections, asthma and breathing issues, high blood sugar and issues related to the liver, anxiety and obesity.