Quick Facts: Cardamom

• In the past, cardamom was considered to have aphrodisiac qualities and was used to make love potions.1

The Arabian Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern stories and folk tales, makes frequent reference to cardamom.1

• Cardamom is also known as cardamon, Grains of Paradise, ela and elachi.1

• Cardamom was an article of trade from India westward, and was mentioned by the ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus in the fourth century B.C.2

• Whole pounded cardamom boiled with five mint leaves in one cup of water is useful in relieving hiccups.2