Cardamom: what is it, what is it for and how to use it

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Cardamom is an aromatic plant from the same family of the ginger that is often used as a condiment in the Hindu kitchen, to season rice and meats, although it can also be consumed with coffee or as té, in addition to being used to prepare desserts.

The scientific name of cardamom is Elletaria cardamomum, It is a plant rich in vitamins and minerals that provide several benefits for health, such as improving digestion, reducing the mal alienation and being able to exercise aphrodisiac action. The cardamomo can be found in octopus or as a bay that contains small seeds in its interior.

cardamom seed

cardamom seed

what is it for

Cardamom is rich in vitamins A, B and C, sodium, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium, in addition to being a source of carbohydrates and proteins. In addition, it has antioxidant, analgesic, antiseptic, digestive and expectorant properties, with several benefits for health, such as:

  • Combating the evil aliento, for having antiseptic action;
  • Favor the feeling of satiety as it is rich in fibers, which could favor weight loss;
  • Help to improve the functioning of the intestine, fighting the stress, due to the amount of fibers;
  • Improve digestion and fight gases, as it is rich in essential oils, such as limonene;
  • Help relieve symptoms related to gastritis, in addition to having antiseptic properties;
  • Combat nausea and vomiting;
  • Decongest and fight colds and flu, by having an expectorant action.

If cardamom is good, it has several benefits for health, so that it provides them it is important that the person takes a healthy and balanced diet, in addition to practicing physical activity on a regular basis.

How to use cardamom

Cardamom is a very versatile spice, which can be used in sweet and salad recipes, as a substitute for sautéed garlic in rice or to add to pudines and marmalades. It can also be used to season a homemade bread, add salsa to meat, sweets, fruit salads, ice cream and liqueurs, for example.

The best way to take advantage of cardamom is to open the cases and the moment to use it, remove the grains and grind them or machacar them. Inside each case there are between 10 and 20 seeds.

coffee with cardamom


  • 1 cup of freshly ground coffee as fine as talc;
  • 1 cardamom pizza;
  • 180 ml of cold water.

How to prepare:

Put the ground coffee, the cardamom and the water in a pot and bring it to the fire until hervir. Remove the stove and leave the coffee to sit, then return the heat and leave it to boil again, repeating this process for 2 more times. At the end of the 3rd time, remove the foam that formed on top of the coffee. Place it in a cup and drink while it’s hot.

cardamom tea

  • T against gases: Add 20 g of cardamom to a bowl of boiling water, drink after meals.
  • Té against intestinal cramps: Add 10 g of seeds to 1 liter of water. Paste and drink tibio.

Cardamom belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, a plant with a height of 1 and 1.50 meters, with large flowers, white flowers and green fruits, originally from India.

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