AKB’s Cardamom: The King of Spices — But Why?


Cardamom, commonly known as elaichi, holds a prestigious place in culinary arts, home remedies, and traditional medicine whether you choose black cardamom (Badi Elaichi) or green cardamom (Chhoti Elaichi).

This spice’s esteemed title is well-earned due to its rich history, exceptional flavor profile, and extensive health benefits, therefore…

Aap Ka Bazar®, a monthly grocery app and store with over 40 years of experience in sourcing and pricing this aromatic spice, offers AKB Premium Elaichi/Cardamom at up to 42% off, brings an understanding of why cardamom is so revered…

Historical Significance

Cardamom has a storied history that dates back thousands of years. Originating in the lush forests of Southern India and Sri Lanka, it was treasured by ancient civilizations for its unique aroma and flavor. It was a prized commodity in the spice trade routes connecting the East to the West. Ancient Egyptians used cardamom in perfumes and embalming processes, while Greeks and Romans valued it for its medicinal properties and included it in their culinary creations as Aap Ka Bazar® even sells elaichi-infused thandai at 20% off, known for preventing heatstroke.

Culinary Uses

Cardamom’s versatility in the culinary world is one reason it’s hailed as the king of spices. The spice is available in two main varieties: green cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) and black cardamom (Amomum subulatum).

  • Green Cardamom: Known for its sweet, floral flavor, it is used extensively in both sweet and savory dishes. It features prominently in Indian cuisine, in dishes such as biryanis, curries, tea, and masalas. It also adds a distinctive flavor to desserts like kheer and halwa, and baked goods like cookies and rusk which are available at up to 50% off in the Aap Ka Bazar® application.
  • Black Cardamom: With its robust, smoky flavor, black cardamom is typically used in savory dishes, imparting a deep, complex taste to meats, stews, and lentil dishes. It’s a staple in Indian kitchens, and Aap Ka Bazar® offers 42% off on its 50g pack.

Cardamom’s ability to enhance and complement a wide range of flavors makes it indispensable in global cuisines, from Scandinavian baking to Middle Eastern coffee and warm Indian kada, a home remedy for cold symptoms.

Medicinal Properties

Cardamom’s status as the king of spices is further solidified by its impressive health benefits. Traditional medicine systems like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have long recognized their therapeutic properties. Cardamom aids digestion, alleviating indigestion, bloating, and gas. It’s also a remedy for bad breath and respiratory disorders due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Premium quality cardamom, like that sold by Aap Ka Bazar®, is rich in antioxidants, helping combat oxidative stress and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Studies suggest it may lower blood pressure, improve blood circulation, and promote heart health. Its essential oils are used in aromatherapy to alleviate stress and anxiety.

Cultural & Economic Value

Cardamom’s cultural and economic significance is notable, it is the second most expensive spice in the world, often referred to as “green gold.” Read about “Red Gold” as the most expensive spice in the world but available at 32% off at the Aap Ka Bazar® application.


Aap Ka Bazar® sources the finest quality cardamom from Indian states like Kerala, leading producers of the spice and they ensure hygienic packing in airtight pouches to maintain its natural flavor and nutritional value, offering a 100% vegetarian product.

The cultivation of cardamom provides livelihoods for thousands of farmers. Culturally, it is embedded in various rituals and traditions. In India, it is often used in religious ceremonies and as a symbol of hospitality and respect, prominently featured in cardamom tea, a favorite of Delhi’s tea lovers.

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