The sweetly aromatic cardamom is the fruit of a tropical plant related to ginger, and one of the world's most expensive spices, after saffron and vanilla. Growing cardamom is extremely labor intensive.
Usually used in cooking, but also in teas, tinctures, and infusions. Cardamom oil is used to flavor pharmaceuticals, and as a fragrance in soaps, detergents, perfumes and other body care products.
Cardamom has been used medicinally for centuries in India and China as a carminative, stimulant, and to treat urinary problems. The Egyptians chewed the seed as a tooth cleaner. In the Middle East it was considered an aphrodisiac, and is mentioned frequently in One Thousand and One Nights. In India it was known as the "Queen of Spices" to black pepper's title as the "King of Spices". Also in India, during the 11th century, it was listed as one of the ingredients in the "Five fragrance betel chew" in the Book of Splendour. Preliminary findings from laboratory research suggest that regular use of cardamom might help prevent colon cancer, and in the Ayurvedic formula Unmadnashak Ghrita, cardamom, along with brahmi, gardenia, asafetida, and ghee, may be a mild sedative.
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