What Is Cardamom?

What Is Cardamom?

Have you heard of cardamom? You may have tried this aromatic spice in hot cider, mulled wine or eggnog without even knowing it. In Indian recipes, cardamom is a common accent to rice or curries. It’s also popular around the world. From the Middle East all the way to Scandinavia, you’ll find cardamom in main dishes, desserts and more.

An ancient spice that belongs to the ginger family, cardamom is a stand out for its unique flavor. Cardamom pairs beautifully with other sweet-savory spices like cinnamon and cloves, and we think it adds the perfect touch of flavor to our Cardamom Cashew Butter.

Why We use Cardamom

If you know Betsy’s Best, you know we do things a little differently. Our gourmet nut and seed butters use a blend of distinctive, functional ingredients that result in delicious and unique flavors. From chia seeds to Himalayan pink salt and cardamom, every ingredient adds a little something special to our spreads.

Ancient cultures have loved cardamom for its complex flavor profile, and we do too. Its flavor is smoky with hints of mint, pepper and lemon. The spice is also extremely aromatic, which is why the Greeks and Romans used it as a perfume.

Cardamom Cultivation

The two main types of cardamom are black or green. You can use either the whole pods or the seeds found inside, and the spice may be purchased whole or ground. Native to the east where it grows wild, today cardamom is also cultivated in places like Guatemala and Tanzania.

Cardamom Nutrition Facts

Cardamom is highly desirable, not only for its flavor. Cardamom has everything you want and nothing you don’t. It’s low in fat, calories and carbs, and contains zero cholesterol. Yet it contains hefty amounts of protein and dietary fiber, and it’s rich in vitamins and minerals. Calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin C, and B-complex vitamins are all found in this smoky spice. No wonder it’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries!

Health Benefits of Cardamom

Not only does this tiny pod serve a big burst of flavor, cardamom also has abundant health and medicinal benefits.

Fight Infections

The seed pods have been used throughout history to treat all kinds of infections. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine used cardamom as a remedy for tooth and gum infections, and so did the ancient Egyptians. It has long been used to treat urinary tract infections, a benefit which has been recently confirmed in lab studies. Cardamom was even used as an antidote for snake and spider venoms.

Fight Inflammation

In addition, this spice helps with sore throats, digestion, and detoxifying the organs. The antioxidant properties in cardamom have been shown to regulate blood pressure. These antioxidants also protect against cell damage and stop inflammation, which can be helpful for fighting chronic diseases.

Mood Enhancer

Cardamom is also recognized as a powerful mood enhancer. It’s commonly used in aromatherapy for its anti-depressant properties. The list goes on and on!

Experience Gourmet with Betsy's Best Cardamom Cashew ButterAs you can see, cardamom’s got a lot going for it – both in health and taste. It seems this peppery seed is one of the healthiest herbs on the planet. That’s why cardamom is the featured spice in Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cardamom Cashew Butter. Our cardamom is non-GMO project verified and is a good source of plant-based protein. At Betsy’s Best, our goal is to make spreads in delicious flavors people love, all crafted from healthy and natural ingredients. Let us know what you think!