Cardamom seeds have many uses. Egypt, as tradition, often used cardamom seeds to cleanse their teeth and gums. In the modern world, the seeds are sometimes chewed to purify the breath.
It is important to know that you shouldn’t break open the pod and take the seeds out unless you want to immediately use them. From the moment they are exposed, the seeds will quickly start to deteriorate and they will begin to lose their flavor.
Cardamom seeds are known as aphrodisiacs because of their very high 1,8-cineole content and are also used in mystic circles to cast love spells. Generally speaking, cardamom seeds do have some aphrodisiac properties and the Greeks knew about this. If you are into making potions and things of that nature, you can use cardamom for the purpose of making aphrodisiac, love and lust potions.
Scientifically speaking, there is some modern basis for the use of cardamom seeds as an aphrodisiac. In the animal kingdom, males of several species are attracted to a high amount of 1,8-cineole(which cardamom seeds have in spades). Orchid bees are often trapped by using 1,8-cineole as bait.
Chewing cardamom seeds can also improve constipation problems, although not to a great degree. The black cardamom variety is particularly good for this purpose.
Cardamom seeds taste like a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg. They are spicy and herbal-tasting and they have a very powerful aroma. Once you taste a cardamom seed you will never forget it because nothing tastes like it. This is why it is difficult to find a proper substitute for cardamom seeds because there are no other seeds that have a such a unique flavor.
It is important not to leave cardamom seeds out in the sun. They thrive in cooler environments.
You can often buy whole cardamom seeds in supermarkets and grocery stores. It’s very important, however, to buy only cardamom seeds that are still inside their pods. Remember that seeds without the pods will not taste good after a while. Avoid buying seeds which don’t have the protective pods and you’ll be fine.
Cardamom allergy is exceedingly rare and extraordinary unlikely, so it’s very improbable that you’ll have any problems from chewing on seeds.
Nevertheless, if you observe symptoms arising after chewing on cardamom seeds, seek medical attention. The only time this could ever be a serious problem is in the one-in-a-billion chance that you trigger a respiratory allergy by consuming too much cardamom.
This is, however, highly unlikely. Now go grab a bunch of seeds and start the chewing action!