highly aromatic spice with a sweet exotic taste. The green
cardamom is mixed together with roasted coffe beans for
the preparation of the refreshing Arabian coffee called Gahwa.
It is believed that cardamom has a cooling effect on the
body to help endure the high temperatures of the Arabian
summer. It is also believed to be an aphrodisiac.
The grinded seed is used
in Scandinavian countries to add flavor to pastries, buns
and other baked goods. In Sweden, it is more widely used
than cinnamon. In Norway, grounded cardamom frequently
adds flavor to hamburgers and meat loaf. In Germany, it
is used for seasoning sausages. In India, cardamom is an
important spice for cooking and is an essential
ingredient in East Indian curry. In Japan, it is used in
An essential oil is obtained through stem distillation. This oil is used in
medicines as a carminative, in liquors, perfumes, and
even to flavor tobacco, chewing gum and candy. Please
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