Green Cardamom

Green Cardamom

Green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices on the planet and has been used by our ancestors for thousands of years, being mentioned in Ayurvedic texts from the Sumer civilization. It is a seed and usually ground or steeped in its elongated green pod and comes from a plant which grows 6 to 13 feet tall. Produced around the world, it is most prevalent in Guatemala, which produces nearly 30,000 tons a year followed by India.

Used in both savory and sweet dishes in India, it is a culinary staple and gives the spice to masala chai. Whole pods are often chewed to fight bad breath in countries like India. It is also used in dishes from Nordic countries like Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Besides being delicious, it also has a complex nutritional profile which benefits anyone who takes it, and that is why we include it in our Essential Blend tea. 

Phytochemicals are one such attribute of cardamom which makes it so special. These plant compounds really are magical, having both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and the ability to fight cancerous cells. These compounds also have been shown to improve biomarkers which would normally lead to disease. 

In our stressful times, who doesn’t have some type of high blood pressure from time to time? Here too green cardamom shines with its ability to lower blood pressure from its antioxidant and diuretic properties.

The ancient Greeks and Italians thought highly of the seed, with trade in Venice and Alexandria, and the medical and philosophical giants Dioscorides and Hippocrates wrote about its many therapeutic benefits, particularly as a digestive aid. In modern times it has been shown to reduce ulcers and prevent cavities by eliminating a number of bad bacteria in the mouth, in fact Wrigley’s Gum uses it as an ingredient in one of its products. Other compounds have been found to improve breathing and oxygen use.

Taste

Distinct, warm and aromatic with hints of mint, eucalyptus and camphor, and notes of lemon.

Side Effects

Virtually none.

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