Black cardamom in Chinese herbal medicine is known as "Yi Zhi Ren", meaning the fruit that benefits intelligence or increases wisdom. Black cardamom is an important ingredient in combination with cloves, cinnamon, and black pepper in garam masala. Nature’s important herbal medicine.
Health Benefits of Black Cardamom.
Black Cardamom has a long history as a remedy for problems with urinary tract. Black cardamom use is believed to help control frequent urination and loss of bladder control. It contains aromatic oils thought to have anti-inflammatory effects.
The larger seeds of several species are widely used in the regions where they are grown, and sometimes they are ground and sold as a cheap substitute for green cardamom. In color they are dark brown, almost black. Harvesting of black cardamom usually takes place from August to November.
In contrast to green cardamom, which is considered a cooling spice, black cardamom is a heating spice. It is an important ingredient in combination with cloves, cinnamon, and black pepper in garam masala, the hot spice mixture used in cooking or sprinkled over for stronger effect towards the end. Black cardamom also occasionally finds its way into confectionery and pickles. When you use whole pods in vegetable and meat stews, please remove them before serving.
Black Cardamom is essential to garam masala. It is good with pilafs,other rice dishes, meat and vegetable curries.
Black cardamom is a valuable herbal medicine.