This spice has many qualities It has been used for thousands of years
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Cardamom is very popular spice Apart from the kitchen, cardamom has been used for social, cultural and religious purposes for thousands of years. It is not only used as a mouth freshener or to enhance the taste of food, but it is also considered as a good medicine that helps in breathing problems and other problems besides preventing bile. Its origin is believed to be South India thousands of years ago.
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Jeevan Singh Pruthi, founder director of Agmark Lab, describes green cardamom as the ‘queen of spices’ in his book. After saffron, vanilla, green cardamom is the most expensive spice in the world.
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On the other hand, as the Vedas and Puranas describe its use in religious functions, it is used in Indian festivals to flavor sweets like kheer and halwa. It is considered auspicious to welcome guests with cardamom or clove-cardamom drink at weddings and other occasions.
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In ancient times, green cardamom was a substance used by princes during their political travels as a sign of respect to other kings. Green cardamom is notably a major ingredient in the manufacture of perfumes and aromatic oils. There was also a time when green cardamom from India was shipped all over the world But now India has to compete with the green cardamom of Guatemala.
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The origin of green cardamom is believed to be South India. It has been used for about 4 thousand years. Its properties are described in the ancient Indian text ‘Charakasamhita’ But in Kautilya’s ‘Arthasastram’ it is described as ‘green mukta found on the banks of the Periyar river in the south-western mountains’.
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The medicinal properties of Indian cardamom are also mentioned in the writings of the Greek scholar and father of modern medicine, Hippocrates (460 BC). He describes cardamom as very beneficial for digestion.
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In ancient times, even the mighty Romans used Indian cardamom for their food and medicine.