Cardamom is a seed pod, known since antiquity for its culinary and medicinal properties. cardamom varieties feature three-sided pods with a thin, yet tough papery outer cover and tiny deep-brown to black seeds that are arranged in vertical rows. The pods are being used as flavoring base in both food and drink, in cooking recipes and as well as in medicine.
Whole pods are preferred in savory dishes, which give a further punch to the recipe since their peel contains certain amounts of valuable essential oils. This delicate spice is being used as flavoring agent in both food and drinks. It is used as a flavoring base in the preparation of tea, coffee, and cold drinks. The pods have been in use in the preparation of sweet dishes in many Asian countries.
This exotic spice contains many plants derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties. Cardamom is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Additionally, it is also an excellent source of iron and manganese. Further, these aromatic pods are rich in many vital vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health.