Cardamom - Elettaria cardamomum
A perennial herbaceous plant of the Zingiberaceae family, the cardamom measures 2 to 5 m in height and grows in damp tropical forests. It originated in southern India and Ceylon.
Traditions:As one of the oldest spices, the Chinese nicknamed it Queen of Spices. Ayurvedic medicine has used it for thousands of years to treat digestive problems. In ancient Egypt, it often formed part of the composition of perfumes.
Properties:Cardamom extract is obtained by hydrodistillation of the seeds. It is used as a toner since it stimulates the microcirculation.
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