Cardamom is native to southwestern India and belongs to the ginger family. Together with saffron and vanilla it is one of the most expensive spices.
Cardamom has many properties: it stimulates appetite, helps against intestinal gas, is digestive, has diuretic and disinfectant effects. It helps to fight against sore throat, pharyngitis, cold, it is also good against constipation and it is excellent against bad breath and stomach acidity.
It exerts a blood pressure lowering function.
It also has antioxidant power.
Cardamom goes well with apples, cinnamon, mango, rhubarb, rice, saffron, almonds, chocolate, and even coffee.
GLOGG – VIN BRULE’
1 liter of red wine
2 cups of rum
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 tablespoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
half an untreated orange peel
raisins and almonds
Put the wine, sugar, all the spices and the orange zest in a pot. Stir and place on the stove over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring well until the sugar dissolves. Lower the heat and cook for another half hour without boiling the wine, stirring occasionally.
Add the rum, increase the heat little by little, stir for another 10 minutes.
Take off the heat, strain through a strainer and serve, adding raisins, a couple of almonds and if you like cinnamon.