Origin : Guatemala
Its green fruit grows near the ground and its maturation is irregular, which is why the picking is a huge job. Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world, after saffron and vanilla.
Cardamom seeds have a warm, clean, sweet, lemon-like flavour with notes of eucalyptus and camphor.
Culinary uses :
- ice creams
- mulled wines
Medicinal properties :
Cardamom is known for its cooling properties, traditionally used to cool the body and refreshing the breath. It is also known to aid digestion and assist with stomach aches. Nowdays cardamom is used in many prescription drugs and cough syrups to make the taste more palatable and some soaps and shampoos to clear up dandruff and acne.