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The healing power of cardamom

  1. Cardamom is a spice from the ginger family. It is a fresh spice that is found in gingerbread spices, among other things. Cardamom is known in Asian countries as a traditional medicine. Cardamom is traditionally used mainly against digestive problems. In India, cardamom is also part of traditional herbal tea or chai. Cardamom contains a lot of iron. That is good news for people with anemia and other mineral deficiencies. In that case, you can put cardamom on the list of products to use regularly.

Cardamom naming

  1. Cardamom is in Latin Elettaria Cardamomum

Rich in iron and manganese

  1. Cardamom is a fairly healthy spice. It contains especially high percentages of minerals. 100 grams of cardamom contains 175% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of iron. Nowadays, hardly anyone will eat an ounce of cardamom in a day, but it does indicate that this herb is a good fit for an iron-rich diet. Cardamom is an even richer source of the mineral manganese; 100 grams of manganese contains no less than 1200% of the RDI. Manganese ensures that a strong enzyme that eliminates free radicals can be made by the body. In fact, this means that around 10 grams of cardamom is enough for the RDA. Incidentally, manganese is in all kinds of foodstuffs such as nuts, beans, tea and grains

Other nutrients cardamom

  1. Other minerals that are frequently found in cardamom are: zinc (68% RDA), magnesium (59% RDA), calcium (38% RDA), phosphorus (25% RDA) and potassium (24 % RDA). There are also vitamins

Cure applications of cardamom in spice blends

  1. In India, cardamom is mixed with coriander and caraway to aid digestion. In addition, trijataka is made in India from cardamom, Indian gooseberry and cinnamon. That should work especially well against stomach cramps and toothaches. Cardamom essential oil contains 120 compounds and promotes secretion. Cardamom seed / Source: Rainer Zenz, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain) for stomach, bile and saliva. Indeed, this effect promotes digestion. Along with caraway and fennel

Cardamom, good for the stomach

  1. Besides good for digestion, green cardamom is a traditional medicine in South East Asia to treat gum problems. Eyelid infections, lung TB and kidney stones are also treated with it. Sometimes it is used as a remedy for snake or scorpion venom. Black cardamom is used in both Indian Ayurveda

A phytotherapeutic drug

  1. In phytotherapy

Uses in the kitchen of cardamom

  1. Cardamom is of course best known for its culinary properties. Cardamom is used, among other things, to flavor coffee and tea. In the Middle East, cardamom is ground together with coffee and used to make coffee. In the Netherlands, cardamom is perhaps best known for the fact that it is part of the gingerbread spices; this spice mix of tropical herbs originated in the Netherlands. In India, Pakistan and Iran, kulfi and elaichi-pista are eaten for dessert; it contains both cardamom and pistachio nuts. Elaichei kheer is a rice pudding with cardamom, raisins and pistachios

Recipe spiced caramel pecans

  1. In addition to being used in main meals and desserts, cardamom can be used to make a tasty, healthy snack. You mix a tablespoon of cardamom, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of ground ginger powder. You also use 6 tablespoons of brown sugar for 200 grams of pecans

Cardamom production

  1. Although cardamom is a typical Asian spice, it is currently most commonly produced in Guatemala, where the spice was introduced in 1914. Nepal used to be the largest producer. Today, India ranks second in the list of top cardamom producers.

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