According to Ayurveda, meals should contain all 6 tastes: salty, sweet, sour, astringent, bitter, and pungent. This is not always an easy task, so one way to make this happen is to be a master of spicery. In the next few weeks we’ll cover six of the top spices used in Ayurveda. You may already use some of these spices, but if not, give them a try. We’ll begin, as we should, with the Queen of Spices, Cardamom. But before we get started, I have to say that having never used this spice (or at least consciously), until just a few years ago, I found it to be one of the most confusing spices ever. First of all, it comes in pods, seeds and ground. It also comes in black and green (and other colors that are not so available). Other than ground, it seemed difficult to find and when you did find it, it is really expensive.
My first experience with the pod was at my friend Blair’s house. He was teaching me how to make Chai tea and
Black Cardamom Pods
Black cardamom pods are larger and according to Ayurveda, the seed is aromatic, sweet, tasty and appetizing; it aids digestion and is a stimulant. Black cardamom subdues Mucus (Kapha), Bile (Pitta), and Wind (Vata). It increases stomach fire and stops hemorrhaging and vomiting. Black cardamom also cures stones of the kidney and gallbladder. Warm and light in nature, it is a carminative and a diuretic. Large cardamom seeds cure disease and pains of the anus
The plant of green cardamom is an evergreen, grows in shady places, and a sea climate is the most suitable. Green cardamom is smaller than black cardamom and is used primarily in sweet dishes and drinks. According to Ayurveda, the seeds of green cardamom are warm, light and dry in nature. Green cardamom has a superb aroma much stronger and more refined than black cardamom. Green cardamom stimulates Bile (Pitta) and soothes coughs (Kapha) and wind (Vata). It cleans the mouth and the mind. Green cardamom curs piles, venereal disease, kidney and bladder stones, skin rashes and vomiting of any kind. Cardamom is used in main dishes as well as in desserts.
Guide To Buy Cardamom
Cardamom comes ground and in seeds and is found in most supermarkets, but cardamom pods are a different story; you have to go to an Indian market, specialty spice shop, or online retailer to find. The best quality pods are small,
Health Benefits Of Cardamom
One of the most expensive spices from the beginning of time, cardamom has always been able to hold its value due to its special medicinal and culinary value. Cardamoms rich and varied content comes from more than 25 volatile oils, plant compounds that impart fragrance. The most medicinally active of the oils is the antioxidant cineole. Cardamom has been used to treat an impressive variety of health problems, including heart disease, respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, and flu, and digestive problems such as bad breath, colic, constipation and diarrhea. The reason for cardamoms powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic agents are these oils that work together to improve digestion. Cardamom belongs to the family of ginger plants. Cardamom plants have been grown in southern India for millennia and spice traders searched the mountainous rainforest of the Cardamom Hills looking for the pods growing wild on the roots