Wednesday, January 27, 2010

cardamom (this does not refer to IDing your ma for alkeehol)

I had an English instructor in college who talked a lot about cardamom. I mean, a lot. If you're like I was back then, not knowing what cardamom is, let me save you the google step: it's an Indian spice used in everything from curried dishes to baked goods to coffee. So anyway, this instructor was in love with cardamom. Her grandmother had used it all the time in family recipes, and she planned to write an entire cookbook featuring it. By now, maybe she already has. Any of you fellow Warner Pacific-ites remember her? I hated to print her whole name online, but at the moment I can't remember any of it anyway.
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But speaking of spice, she got engaged to another professor, a guy from out of town who wrote a human sexuality textbook, in use at Warner. It was all the scuttlebutt when he came to campus to visit after their engagement. A scandalous development for a Christian college, even a liberal arts one, because what could a single man possibly know about sex ed?!
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So for the past decade plus, cardamom has caught my eye. It appears in the darndest recipes, and I usually have some on hand, though I've just read that it's better to keep the whole seeds available to grind as needed. Not sure whether or not I'll Martha Stewart up for that one (kind of like cowboying up).
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All of that is my intro for the photo you're about to see. You can bet your bippy I bought this gum.

5 comments:

Rachel Clear said...

I'll be darned.

lori lls said...

The instructor's name was Christi. It just came to me.

Elisha said...

Lori! I have two new books on herbal medicinals and you just know if you talk about an herb I have fun facts for you...

Cardamom is an expectorant and decongestant. It can be added to thyme and taken as a steam inhalant for congestion of the lungs.
Cardamom has been part of the Chinese and ayurvedic pharmacies for thousands of years. Long used in Asia as a culinary herb, it is primarily a tonic to the digestive system, kills the bacteria responsible for bad breath, and is well know for relief of nausea.
Cardamom has decongestant properties that make it useful in colds and congestion as well. Cardamom is perhaps the best source of a phytochemical called cineole, which helps break up chest congestion and gives the entire central nervous system a boost. Cardamom is found in many aphrodisiac formulas in Asia. The oil is a mild stimulant, warming with a lovely aroma.
Cardamom is a perennial reedlike herb native to Asia and southern India that grows up to 13 feet tall. A relative of ginger, the fruits contain small reddish-brown seeds from which the essential oils is extracted.

Just what you always needed to know right?!

Shana said...

Let us all know how you and the gum get along, will ya?! =)

Erin said...

I remember that prof! I can't remember for what class, though! I just remember one day she brought a bottle of cardamom in and had us all smell it. Now I have a bottle in my spice jar-mmmm, spicy!