There are many spices available for cooking, making teas or putting in an aromatic diffuser, but one spice that you may or may not have heard about is Cardamom. Cardamom originated in India, Nepal, and Bhutan many years ago and was used for food preparation and in medicine to treat different ailments. Today, it grows in tropical places in Asia such as Japan, Korea, and China. It comes from the seeds of several plants, the Elettaria, the Amomum and the Zingiberaceae, a member of the ginger family. These seeds make a perfect aromatic and flavorful blend.
Since Cardamom originated in India, the spice will be found most often used in Indian cuisine. It gives food and drinks a slightly sweet floral flavor. Cardamom is often referred to as the Queen of Spices because of its many health benefits and what it adds to recipes. It comes in three types which are green, black and Madagascar. It is one of the more expensive spices, but a little goes a long way.
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