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Exploring Spices: Cardamom and Cloves

Cardamom

Native to India, cardamom is known there as the “queen of spices” since it gives everything a more robust flavor. It typically has a fragrant, warming quality to it with notes of eucalyptus. It has lately become a trendy herb in desserts and can be found in everything from premium ice cream to artisanal cupcakes.

Because cardamom pods ripen at varying times, they must be picked by hand. As a result, cardamom is the world’s third most expensive spice after saffron and vanilla.

Cardamom is considered one of the key ingredients in Ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of medicine and lifestyle) and traditional Chinese medicine. Most notably, it was believed to support the gastrointestinal system and even assist with oral health and wellness.* According to Ayurveda, cardamom can help support a healthy response to joint pain thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.*

Recently, studies have found that the spice can help maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well.*

Some cardamom teas include:

Cardamom-Cinnamon

 

Cloves

With an intense scent and pungent flavor, clove is the preferred spice among bakers around the world. It is often a go-to spice for fall and holiday dishes like pumpkin bread and Dutch apple pie.

Cloves are native to Indonesia where the Dutch held a monopoly on the spice until the 1700s. Cloves are an integral part of cooking in China, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, India and northern Africa thanks to their unique flavor profile.

In terms of health benefits, cloves are often relied on for their ability to help support the digestive system.* In Indian Ayurveda, the clove is revered as a spice that can help support the immune system.* Moreover, clove is believed to help the body’s response to inflammation* and can even help maintain balanced blood sugar levels.*

Some clove teas include:

Chai-Teas

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.