If you're a fan of fall and the delicious desserts and treats that come with it, it's very likely you've already been introduced to cardamom, or at least its flavorful taste and fragrant smell.
Cardamom adds a delicious bonus to lots of popular fall go-tos, such as spice cakes, tarts, cider, eggnog, pumpkin spice lattes, etc. But did you know that it is actually a great source of health benefits too?
Cardamom is a popular spice that's found in Scandinavia, the Middle East and North America. It is grown in a pod form with seeds that are eventually crushed into spice form and sometimes mixed with other spices in order to enhance flavor and potency.
There are two main types of cardamom: green cardamom and black cardamom. Green and black cardamom come from the same plant family, green cardamom is simply harvested before it reaches full maturity (to create a sweeter flavor) while black cardamom is intensely dried and crushed later on (creating a more pungent flavor).
When it comes to choosing which type of cardamom is best, it really depends on the flavor you are going for, but most commonly, green cardamom is the popular and most highly recommended choice. It's sweeter and adds great flavor to fall treats and dishes and also contains ripe benefits for you to reap.
Because of the amount of nutrients and antioxidants contained in cardamom, there are a number of things that cardamom can potentially do for you, here are some of the highest on the list:
Cardamom is most commonly used for cooking, especially during the fall season as a spice to help boost the flavor of dishes. When you have a healthful spice that can also help make things delicious, why wouldn't you want to add it into the mix of your seasonal cooking?
Cardamom in powder form is the easiest to use, as you can simply add a dash here and there to whatever you would like, or add it to the mix of other spices, some of its best pairings being with cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
If you would rather reap the benefits of cardamom through a delicious seasonal beverage that's already mixed to perfection for you, Organifi Gold, Pumpkin Spice is an excellent go-to.
We formulated this drink mixture specifically to highlight some of the greatest benefits of spices like cardamom, along with cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, etc. while also providing you with a flavorful concoction that can fill in for your pumpkin spice needs this fall season.
All you have to do to enjoy this delicious beverage is mix a scoop of powder with warmed or heated water or nut milk and you're good to go!
If you would like to explore using cardamom on your own in your own cooking, we have some delicious recipes for you to try to help get you going.
Recipe credit: beautyandthefoodie
Recipe credit: Amy's Healthy Baking
Recipe credit: A Clean Bake
Recipe credit: Taste of Home
Q. Are cardamom pods the same as seeds?
A. Cardamom pods aren't seeds, but are more like the capsules that contain the seeds that are ground into the powder or spice.
Q. Can cardamom be eaten raw?
A. They can be, though the taste isn't nearly as good or potent when raw and not in spice form.
Q. Can cardamom go bad?
A. If stored in a cool, dark, dry space, cardamom can stay good for several years. However, most cardamom containers will have a "best by" date, which is usually an indicator of when the cardamom potency will likely start to go down. The sooner it's used, the more potent it will be, though is isn't unsafe to use it after the "best by" date.
Q. How is cardamom grown?
A. Cardamom is typically grown in tropical climates, where temperatures are cool or warm, not too hot or freezing. It's a plant, needing good, hardy soil and proper care to survive. It can be grown outdoors or inside green houses.
Q. Is cardamom safe when pregnant?
A. Cardamom could possibly be unsafe to consume medicinally while pregnant and could potentially cause risk for miscarriage. If you're pregnant (or have any medical concerns about cardamom and your personal health condition), you should always consult your doctor first before consuming it, especially in larger quantities.
Have you used cardamom before? Do you know any other delicious recipes that use it? Are you excited to try Organifi Pumpkin Spice Latte GOLD? Share your thoughts and recipes with us in the comments, we'd love to hear from you!
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