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Cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum
● Chewed by ancient Egyptians, including pharaohs to clean their teeth.
● Esteemed as a perfume and worn by Greeks and Romans.
● Cardamom comes from the seeds of several plants which are both in the Zingiberaceae or
● Black cardamom, Amomum subulatum and A. costatum are dried over an open fire and have a
strong smoky, pine and camphor-like flavor.
● Black cardamom is used in bold flavored dishes such as those in Indian, Szechuan and
● Black cardamom is in the spice blend garam masala, meaning warming mixture, which is
used as a rub or marinade. Cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and coriander seeds are also traditionally part of that blend.
● Green cardamom is most commonly the one referred to in recipes comes from the plant Elettaria cardamomum.
● Green cardamom has a spicy sweet flavor and is used in sweet and savory dishes from India to Scandinavia and around the world.
● Indian masala chai is a tea with a blend of spices in which green cardamom is a primary distinctive flavor.
● For centuries, cardamom oil has been used in Eastern medicine to treat digestive issues.
● Cardamom oil today is used to treat tooth and gum pain, indigestion, and bad breath. It is
also used to flavor pharmaceuticals, and as a fragrance in body care products like soaps and
perfumes as well as detergents.
● Most flavorful when seeds are removed from the seed pods and are freshly ground.
● Considered queen of the spice world and one of the most expensive, following saffron and