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Drive Your Partner Crazy with Cardamom

Updated on October 1, 2009

Cardamom is a sensual and aromatic spice that comes from the ginger family. Vikings came upon cardamom about one thousand years ago, in Constantinople, and introduced it into Scandinavia, where it remains popular to this day. In Sanskrit it is called "Grains Of Paradise" and in India it's referred to as "elachi" or "elaichi". It's one of the most expensive spices, but a little bit goes a long way.

Cardamom seed is thought to help produce a good mood and enhanced sexual excitement making it a popular ingredient in many love potions. The Arabian Nights makes frequent reference to it in this context. You don't need a spell to make use of Cardamom's benefits though, you just need to find ways to serve it to your lover. The delectable aroma and taste will do the work without the hocus pocus.

Cardamon has a peculiar effect of cooling the body when it is hot, and warming it when it is cold. Cleopatra is said to have used cardamom in her baths for just that reason. That's probably contributed to by the high amounts of volatile oils such as borneol, camphor, eucalyptol, limonene and terpinine, among others. Some other benefits this delectable spice contributes towards your love life are that it improves circulation to the lungs, so you can breath better for marathon sex sessions! It also cures bad breath, the benefits of that in romance should be more than obvious.

Cardamom is used in a variety of foods. You’ll find it in Danish pastries, Saudi Arabian cooking, North African cooking, Asian cooking, and Indian cooking. It's versatile and can be used in many breads, desserts, and main dishes as well. I'm offering you a recipe for Cardamom Fudge. Make your lover a batch of this and present it to them anytime you want to stimulate their senses. In fact, keep it on hand for them. It will encourage them to think lustful thoughts of you every time they enjoy it!

Cardamom Fudge

2 Cups Sugar
2/3 Cups Milk or Soy Milk
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 TBLS Light Corn Syrup
2 TBLS Butter
3/4 tsp Ground Cardamom
1/4 Cups Finely Chopped Walnuts
1/4 Cups Finely Chopped Pistachios

Cook sugar, milk, salt and corn syrup in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, to 240F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water. Remove from heat and add butter. Let mixture cool to 120F without stirring. I just test the bottom of the pan, when it feels lukewarm it should be ready for the next steps. Add cardamom and beat vigorously and continuously until candy is thick and no longer glossy. This will take about 7 minutes. Stir in nuts and spread into a buttered 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Let stand until firm and cut into small squares. This is a very rich fudge and tastes great with cold milk, coffee, or hot tea.


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