Cardamom

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If pepper is the 'King of Spices' then cardamom is the 'Queen of Spices'. One of the most exotic and highly prized spices, Indian green cardamom or small cardamom (choti elaichi) has a history that is as old as human civilization.

Description

If pepper is the ‘King of Spices’ then cardamom is the ‘Queen of Spices’. One of the most exotic and highly prized spices, Indian green cardamom or small cardamom (choti elaichi) has a history that is as old as human civilization.
The dried fruit of aherbaceous perennial, green cardamom is grown mainly in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, on the shady slopes of the Western Ghats. Warm humid climate, loamy soil rich in organic matter, distributed rainfall and special cultivation and processing methods all combine to make Indian green cardamom truly unique in aroma, flavour and size thus rendering the temping parrot-green colour.

Specification

Grade designation AGEB AGB AGS
Trade Cardamom Cardamom Cardamom
Name Extra Bold Bold Superior
Colour Deep Green, or Light green -do- -do-
Empty and malformed capsules percentage by count (max.) 2.0 2.0 3.0
Immature and shrivelled capsules percentage by weight (max.) 2.0 2.0 5.0
Blacks and splits percent by count (max.) 0.0 0.0 0.0
Size (diameter of the hole in mm) of the sieve on which retained*** 7.0 6.0 5.0
Weight in G/L (min.) 435 415 385

Uses

Cardamom is an ideal spice with many health benefits. The most popular and well known health benefits are listed below.

Anti-Carcinogenic Properties

  • Good for Cardiovascular Health
  • Control of Cholesterol
  • Anti-Depressant
  • Treating Urinary Disorders
  • Protection Against Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Antimicrobial Properties
  • Dental Diseases
  • Anti-Asthmatic Property
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Detoxification
  • Good for Nausea and Vomiting
  • Sore Throat