Cardamom spice and tea recipes


Cardamom spice and tea

Cardamom is a spice in addition to its spicy flavour and use in cooking, is also the extraordinary remedy for the elimination of indigestion. The main ingredient is a mixture that was used in the Arab kitchen to improve the taste of dishes, while in the Indian and Ayurvedic medicine is applied to relieve stomach problems and inflammatory processes, as well as the ejection of toxic substances from the body. "The spice of the heart" as it is called is very popular in the Middle East and India, and after the saffron it is the most expensive and one of the most valued spices in the world. For its healing properties people have known for more than 5000 years. The written records on the use of cardamom date from the time of Babylon, to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, which used it to make scented perfumes, and this practice is held to this day.

CARDAMOM SPICE, USAGE?

Cardamom is an evergreen plant that grows up to 300 cm in height and is characterized by a fairly thick rhizome. It is most often used and grown in India, Sri Lanka, but the demand for this spice is extremely high throughout the planet. Aromatic and sweet cardamom seeds are placed in brown - greenish husks. In one pod you can find 15-20 seeds. Its taste is strong and aromatic, and is similar to the taste of eucalyptus and lemon (spicy and slightly bitter). In any case, they are very rich with nourishing essential oils, which are a boon for the spirit and body. This plant of the ginger family grows in the form of a bush where after flowering (as mentioned previously) forms small pods filled with aromatic seeds with sweet taste. Since they quickly lose the scent, it is best to buy the whole pods. Cardamom spice contains calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese, vitamins C, B6 vitamin, riboflavin and niacin. There is green and brown cardamom and both types have a high content of crude fibre. Brown cardamom goes well with fruit, almonds, saffron, butter, parsley, cloves and cinnamon, while green cardamom is an important ingredient of Indian sweets, pudding, yogurt and ice cream.
Cardamom spice in cuisine

Most often it is put in cakes and pastries, coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate, pilaf and grilled meals, and is one of the main ingredients of the popular curry mix. Indians simply adore it and put it wherever they can - just like Hungarians and their chilli paprika. Joke aside, for us it is very charming and interesting. Let's say in oat meal the cardamom spice is irreplaceable, not to mention Indian tea, if there is no cardamom in this drink then it cannot be called Indian tea. In northern countries on the Scandinavian Peninsula, cardamom spice is used for storing sausage, for meat but also with bakery products. It can be used freshly ground, and along with his pod, in both cases it is remarkable. Ground cardamom, however, should be made at fixed amounts, as required by individual recipe and used immediately. Otherwise if not used then, it eventually loses its medicinal properties containing its natural oils. Some recipes require the use of whole grain and cardamom pods, then proceed to open the pods a little so the food can absorb all the flavour and beautiful taste. Dosage of cardamom is of great importance and you should not overdo it, or you will cause the opposite effect. The measure of ten pods will match the quantity of one tea spoon of ground spice, beans of course are not eaten. Besides cinnamon clove is also curative, you will achieve stunning flavours and your favourite dishes will taste even better.



CARDAMOM SPICE AS A MEDICINE

In traditional Indian and Ayurvedic medicine cardamom spice is used raw, in the form of a tincture, as an essential oil or tea. The extract of this plant contains components that boost metabolism, relieve bloating, heartburn, and improves appetite. A pinch of spice prevents nausea and vomiting, cardamom tea is an excellent diuretic, cleans the kidneys of calcium and, consequently, helps reduce body weight, lowers high blood pressure and expels toxins from the body. It successfully treats various urinary infections. In addition, chewing cardamom refreshes breath, eliminates bad breath and keeps dental health thanks to cineol. This plant is used in the case of bloated stomach or digestive problems, relieves headaches, strengthens the heart and enters the composition of many cosmetic products. Besides that cardamom tea is excellent for detoxification of the body and is recommended for people who drink more coffee per day, soothes asthma and relieves menstrual cramps. Etheric oil of cardamom is used for massage because it eliminates stress, relaxes muscles, and relieves back pain and discomfort caused by inflammation of the nerves. Studies confirm that cardamom spice has a positive effect in the case of arthritis, as it reduces swelling, and in addition it eliminates the unpleasant effects of chemotherapy and soothes the skin after insect bites. If few drops of essential oil of cardamom is added to water, we get a good disinfectant of the oral cavity, while a mild solution is used for disinfection of the skin. Cardamom tea reduces depression, and mixed with cinnamon relieves sore throat, hoarseness and other symptoms of colds and flu.

CARDAMON TEA - RECIPE AGAINST STOMACH DISCOMFORTS
  • Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of ground cardamom, a fifth of teaspoon of ground cumin and half a slice of fresh ginger root, and optionally add the cinnamon stick. Pour the mixture with a cup of boiling water, let it sit for about ten minutes, and then slowly sip medicinal tea.

Stomach upset by unpleasant cramps, gas, bloating stomach or overeating, has to be soothed by a special tea of ​​cardamom which is drunk fifteen minutes before a meal or immediately after a meal. It can also be given to children who have digestive problems. Cardamom tea is also known as an excellent remedy for impotence, solves problems with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, however you must not exaggerate with the amount because it can backfire.

WHERE TO BUY CARDAMOM SPICE AND WHAT IS THE PRICE?

Cardamom is a spice that is relatively easy to obtain, unlike before. You will find it on the shelves of most, better-equipped specialized herbal pharmacies and healthy food stores. For some time it is available online and is easier to order. Since this spice is very sought after and appreciated, its price is not cheap. It is definitely more expensive than saffron. Green cardamom spice in packages of 50 grams costs from 10-15 dollars, depending on the manufacturer.

Ayurvedic medicine strongly recommends the use of this spice, but in moderate and in small doses, because large quantities can irritate our digestive system and can lead to restlessness. Kids, nursing mothers and pregnant women in particular should pay attention to this, and not take cardamom spice without prior consultation with the doctor.


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