Taste: Sweet, bitter, and somewhat peppery flavor. When eaten on their own can produce a numbing sensation.
Look: Dark brown spice shaped like an nail.
Smell: Warm and strongly aromatic smell.
Use in desserts, pilafs (lightly spiced rice dishes), and meat curries.
One bud in your tea acts like a sweetener.
Also the distinctive flavor in Worcestershire shire and an ingredient in garam masala.
Pairs well with allspice, amchur, chili, cardamom, nutmeg, tamarind, ginger, and cumin.
- Temper this overpowering spice by cooking and using in small amounts.
- Best to buy whole and ground as needed.
- Toasting is not recommended.
- Aids as a stimulant, astringent, and rejuvenator.
- Fights infections and aids in digestion.
- Relief for toothaches and sore gums.
- Alleviates congestion.
- Oil can be used as a mosquito repellant.
Disclaimer: The sole purpose of the Health Benefits section of our spice pantry is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.