Green cardamom pods always reminds me of hot cardamom tea. There are mainly 3 types of cardamom green cardamom, brown cardamom and black cardamom. Green Cardamom is the queen of spice and third most most expensive spice in the world. I have started a series for all Indian spices wherein I will post all spices also share their benefits, characteristics and the recipes in which they are used. Thanks to my visit in Sahakari Spice Garden at Ponda-Goa which enlightened me with more information of Indian Spices. I have already shared information on Tirphal – Sichuan Pepper click here for more information.
Characteristic Of Green Cardamom – Cardamom grows on the roots of the plant. The outer covering is green in color and spindle shaped and texture is papery. The seeds are black in color which have strong aroma and flavor. First the flowers boom and then cardamom starts growing. Gautemala is the number one producer for Cardamoms then followed by India. Green Cardamom is also known as Elaichi Or Velchi in India.
Which kind of Dishes Green Cardamom is used? Mostly green cardamom is used all over the world. In India Green Cardamom is used for cardamom tea, garam masala powder, tea masala powder, milk masala powder, Mithai (Sweets) and also as whole garam masala spice for curries and vegetables. Internationally cardamom is used for making sweets, cakes, cookies and desserts. You could check out my Eggless Almond Cardamom cake right on this link.
Benefits of Green Cardamom– Both the husk and seeds are of great importance. Green Cardamom helps in boosting memory power. Green Cardamom tea also curbs Migraine. So people having migraines should have cardamom tea + ginger + lemon grass. It’s also used for treating digestive disorders. Also fights Oral health like gum infection prevents bad breath.
How does Cardamom taste? Cardamom is strong and aromatic. It has a warm, spicy-sweet and lemony flavor.
Where to buy Cardamom from and which kind of cardamom to buy? You could buy Green Cardamom from a spice shop Or from Goa Or Kerala or some spice garden where you would get the best and fresh spice in India. Otherwise you could buy Green Cardamom from Organic shops even like Fab India has good Green Cardamom. The greener the cardamom the better and fragrant it is. So watch out what color of cardamom you buying as in cities you get pale green Or creamish cardamom. Even I have eaten such pale cardamoms but now that I know I will go for the green ones and not compromise for any color. Rupal Barot of http://bonapetitfoodies.blogspot.com/ has shared me with me one more benefit which I share with everyone. Cardamom is fed to infants if they get runny nose Or cold. For an infant the dose is to chew 1 cardamom a day & elder 2-3/ day during cough cold season. As one of it’s quality is heat. It produce heat in the body and not allow get cough or cold. One of the reason to add cardamom into sweets is also to avoid cough generated by eating sweets. Thanks Rupal for this update.
So do include Green Cardamom in your diet but in a limited quantity. As there is a saying have everything in limits and not beyond limit be it food Or anything else in life. By the way this saying is mine ha ha 😉