A comment my kids would make when they smelled cardamom, I recall their comment mostly in the car...which could mean that we spent time in close proximity mostly in the car, or most probably the enclosed environment made the smell prominent.
I like/love ilaichi, to my delight when I saw for the first time how it grows, i was thrilled. This was not in my ancestral country but in Costa Rica.
For some reason today I looked up the nutritional value of this spice. I browsed a few websites, and decided to share the following:
(On a side note, the Balzac Cafe in Metro Toronto Library (where I am often found these days) serves a coffee called "Cafe Nordique", it is supposed to have cardamom and vanilla, I ordered one today and tasted none of the above. When I shared this with the girl behind the counter she said: "yes many people have made the same comment, maybe the taste of coffee is too strong". I kind of disagree, if you use the real cardamom, I add one pod to my tea, it is strong enough. So go figure!)
- See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/15-health-benefits-of-cardamom/#sthash.mIYe8hf1.dpuf