Properties And Uses

Large cardamom is used as an ingredient as well as a flavouring agent with masala and curry powders in flavouring sweet dishes, cakes, and pastries as a masticatory and for medicinal purposes. The seeds are used for chewing along with betel quid (betel leaf, areanut lime, with or without tobacco). In gulf countries large cardamom is used as a cheaper substitute for spicing tea in place of cardamom. In the Indian systems of medicines - Ayurveda and Unani, it is used as preventive as well as...

Palynology and pollination biology

Pollen grains are rich in starch and 2-celled at the time of shedding. Moniliform refractive bodies are observed in some pollen grains. Exine develops warty projections that are spinescent (Panchaksharappa, 1966). Pollen fertility is maximum at full bloom stage and low at the beginning and the end of flowering periods (Venugopal and Parameswar, 1974). Size of pollen grains varies from 75 to 120 microns in different varieties of cardamom. Pollen grains loose their viability quickly, only 6.5 per...

Seedling rot or clump rot

This disease is similar to the rhizome rot disease of plantations. Usually, the disease is observed in nurseries where the seedlings attain an age of 6-12 months and is often seen during rainy season in overcrowded nurseries. The disease symptoms are characterized by wilting and drooping of leaves. Leaves turn pale yellow, followed by rotting of the collar portion of seedlings. As infection advances the young tillers fall off and the entire seedling collapses. The causal organisms reported are...

Biotechnology 61 Micropropagation

Micropropagation offers tremendous scope for rapid vegetative propagation of elite clones or varieties, eliminating systemic pathogens such as viruses. Replanting of senile, seedling-raised plantations with selected high yielding clones multiplied through micropropagation can give 5-6-fold increase in the current average productivity of cardamom (Anonymous, 1996). Micropropagation technique can be used for the following applications in cardamom (Bajaj et al., 1988). (i) increase in the...

Cardamom As A Spice 41 Cardamom for culinary use

The major use of cardamom on a worldwide basis is for domestic culinary purposes in whole or ground form. In Asia, cardamom plays an important role in a variety of spiced rice, vegetable and meat dishes. Cardamom can add a lingering sparkle to many dishes, both traditional and modern. International trade in cardamom is dependent, however, on the demand created by specialized applications that have evolved in two distinct markets, namely the Arab countries of the Middle East and in Scandinavia....

Polybag nursery

Polythene bags of 20 X 20 cm size and thickness of 200-300 gauges with six-eight holes can be used for raising cardamom seedlings. Bags may be filled with nursery (pot) mixture in the ratio of 3 1 1 of jungle topsoil, farmyard manure and sand. The bags are arranged in rows of convenient length and breadth for easy management. Seedlings of 3-4-leaf stage can be transplanted in bags. Later, in between bags adequate space may be provided for better tillering (Fig. 4.4). The advantage of raising...

Propagation through seeds

In order to get quality seedlings, cardamom nursery has to be managed carefully and scientifically. This involves sowing seeds on raised beds, transplanting into primary and then to secondary nursery beds and finally into the field (Cherian, 1979 Kasi and Iyengar, 1961). Seeds should be collected from high yielding vigorous plants, with well-formed compact panicles and well-ripened capsules free from infestation of pest and diseases. Number of flowering branches formed on the panicles,...

References

Anonymous (1976) Cardamom in Karnataka. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, pp. 8-10. Anonymous (1979) Cardamom Culture and Package of Practices. Pamphlet No. 1 79. Cardamom Board, Cochin, p. 24. Anonymous (1993) Nutritional Management for Cardamom Technical Guide for Cardamom Planters. Spices Board, Cochin. Anonymous (1997) Cardamom Package of Practices. Spices Board, Kochi, p. 19. Anonymous (1998) Final Report of ICAR ad-hoc scheme Evaluation of crop response to application of...

Antiinflammatory activity

Yamada et al. (1992) reported that cardamom showed potent complement system activating property. Complements represent the humoral arm of natural immunological host-defense mechanism and are essential for survival. Once activated this kills certain bacteria, protozoa, fungi and virus as well as cells of higher organism. Thus complement activation forms a major part of natural defense affording a range of mediators possessing immuno-inflamatory potency. Jain et al. (1994) have shown that the...

Secondary nursery

In Kerala and Tamil Nadu regions the seedlings are transplanted to secondary nursery beds when they are about 6 months old, where as in Karnataka, the practice is sowing seeds in the primary nursery and thinning out excess seedlings and then allowing the remaining ones to grow right in the same place. Transplanting seedling to secondary nursery reduces nursery diseases. Korikanthimath (1982) has shown that following both primary and secondary nursery practices would be needed to get vigorous...

Spacing

The spacing should be decided based on variety and duration of the crop in the field. Where it is intended to grow on a limited cycle, with regular replanting, it is obviously desirable to plant as closely as possible without unduly restricting the plants, so that early crops may be as large as possible. If a crop is only meant to last for 10 years, a commonly suggested crop cycle, only eight harvests are likely to be taken and the first two at least will be dependent on the number of plants...

Economics and labour utilization pattern of sole forest vs forest cultivated with cardamom

It is worth comparing the additional benefits accruing from cardamom cultivation beneath shade trees. An evergreen forest in the Western Ghat region managed ideally (sole forestry system) can yield 10 m3 of timber hectare annum. Our present yield is much below this level. At present the returns will be approximately 10 times more due to increase in timber cost. Moreover clearing of forests for non-forestry purposes is not permitted now. Computed over a period of 20 years, the net returns from...

Pharmacological Properties

In Ayurveda and Sidha systems of medicine cardamom finds application as a component of several therapeutic formulations. Charakasamhita, the ancient Indian medical text, describes the use of cardamom as an antidote for food poisoning. This forms a constituent of Bhrahmi rasayana, which is used as a treatment for inflammations. Also used as a component of many balms, ointments and therapeutic oils used against cramps, rheumatic pain, inflammations etc. In Ayurvedic texts the properties of...

Anatomy Embryology Cytology 21 Anatomy

Portion Enlarged

Tomlinson 1969 and Mercy et al. 1977 carried out preliminary anatomical studies on aerial stem, rhizome, leaf sheath and root of cardamom plants. Aerial stems of leafy shoot has the typical monocot structure with numerous closed collateral endarch vascular bundles scattered in the ground parenchyma Fig. 2.3 . The stem is solid. There is a thin sub-epidermal layer of sclerenchymatous cells separating the inner vascular bundles from the outer ones. Each vascular bundle is surrounded by a...

Minor Pests

3.1 Capsule borers 3.1.1 Jamides alecto At times damage due to this lycaenid borer, had been severe in Karnataka region Siddappaji and Reddy, 1972 Kumaresan etal, 1988 Krishnamurthy etal, 1989 . Caterpillars of this pest bore and feed on inflorescence, flower buds and capsules. Affected capsule becomes empty, decays and drop in rainy season. Biology of the pest has been studied by Singh et al. 1993 . Adult is a swift flying butterfly having metallic blue colour bordered with a white line and...

Water Requirements And Irrigation Management

Cardamom is generally grown as a rainfed crop, and cardamom tracts of India experience a dry spell of about 5 6 months. Increased denudation of forests, deterioration in forest ecology, coupled with erratic trends of rainfall, leads to aridity effects, adversely affecting cardamom production Ratnam and Korikanthimath, 1985 . Even if there is no reduction in total rainfall, failure of pre-monsoon and post-monsoon showers affects the crop adversely. During monsoon, post monsoon and winter months...

Methods of irrigation

Among the various methods of irrigation viz., surface irrigation, sub-surface or trench irrigation and overhead irrigation or sprinkler irrigation, the last one is ideally suited in cardamom plantations. Overhead irrigation with sprinkling unit is found well suited for cardamom on account of its several advantages over other irrigation methods. Cardamom is grown on hill slopes with undulating topography and for such land, sprinkler irrigation can provide uniform water supply. The plantation can...

Root grubs Basilepta fulvicorne Jacoby

Isolat Beauveria Bassiana

Root grub is a serious subterranean pest of cardamom Fig. 8.5a,b . It damages roots and thereby obstructs uptake of nutrients, leading to yellowing of leaves and gradual death of plants in case of severe infestation Gopakumar etal., 1987 . The pest is noticed both in nurseries and plantations of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Varadarasan et al, 1988 . However, in Karnataka Thyagaraj et al. 1991 observed it as a serious pest only in the primary and secondary nurseries. Biology and management...

Whitefly [Kanakarajiella cardamomi David and Subr David and Sundararaj

Images White Fly Cardamom

Infestation of whitefly was a rare phenomenon in cardamom till 1980s, its sporadic occurrence was limited to Nelliampathy and Vandiperiyar areas Anonymous, 1980 Butani, 1984 . Its infestation is now noticed at many places in Udumpanchola and Peermedu taluks of Idukki District of Kerala and lower Pulneys of Tamil Nadu. The species of whiteflies reported to infest cardamom are Dialeurodes cardamomi David and Subr. presently known as Kanakarajiella cardamomi David and Subr. David and Sundarraj...

Cardamom thrips [Sciothrips cardamomi Ramk

The cardamom thrips Fig. 8.1 is the most destructive and persistent pest of cardamom. Ayyar 1935 reported its infestation on cardamom at Anamalai Hills of Tamil Nadu, and described the pest as Taeniothrips cardamomi, which was later renamed by Bhatti 1969 as Sciothrips cardamomi. Nature of damage and biology of the insect were described by Cheriyan and Kylasm 1941 , Nair 1975 , Anonymous 1985a , Kumaresan et al. 1988 and Krishnamurthy et al. 1989 . The larvae and adults lacerate tissues from...

Info

Seeds of infested capsules are poorly developed and do not germinate. Unprotected crops may suffer upto 80 per cent damage causing about 45-48 per cent crop loss. Unopened leaf spindles, space between leaf sheaths, flower bracts and flower tubes are the usual breeding sites of the pest. They reproduce by sexual and parthenogenetic methods. Adults are 1.25-1.50 mm long, grayish-brown with fringed wings. After a pre-oviposition period of 3-8 days, it lays minute...

R D Efforts In Cardamom

The research and development efforts in cardamom were initiated after independence. The first centre for cardamom research was established at Pampadumpara in Idukki district of Kerala in 1956, and in 1957 a centre was started at Mudigere in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Both these centres are now with the respective state Agricultural Universities. Though the work in cardamom was initiated in 1956 57, the impetus came only with the establishment of All India Coordinated Cashew and Spices...

Large Cardamom Plant

Abheywickrama, B.A. 1959 A provisional checklist of the flowering plants of Ceylon. Ceylon J. Sci. Biol. Sec. , 2, 119-240. Abraham, P. and Thulasidas, G. 1958 South Indian cardamom and their agricultural value. Tech. Bull, 79, ICAR, New Delhi, pp. 1-27. Anonymous 1958 South Indian cardamoms their evolution and natural relationships. Tech. Bull, 57, ICAR, New Delhi. Anonymous 1986 Annual Report, ICRI, Spices Board, India. Anonymous 1987 Annual Report, ICRI, Spices Board, India. Anonymous 1996...

Cardamom In Traditional Systems Of Medicine

In Indian systems of medicine Ayurveda, Sidha and Unani, cardamom is used as a powerful aromatic stimulant, carminative, stomachic and diuretic. It also checks nausea and vomiting and is also reported to be a cardiac stimulant. Powdered cardamom seed mixed with ground ginger, cloves and caraway is helpful in combating digestive ailments. Tincture of cardamom is also made and used chiefly in medicines for windiness or as stomachic. A good nasal application is prepared by using extracts of...

Hairy caterpillars

Lenodera Vittata

Hairy caterpillars of cardamom are a group of defoliators that appear sporadically and cause severe damage to the crop. Incidence of these pests was reported by Puttarudriah 1955 , Rajan 1958 , Ayyar 1961 , John 1967 , Joseph etal. 1983 and Selvan and Singh 1993 . Nine species of hairy caterpillars are known to infest cardamom. They are Eupterote canaraica Moore, E. cardamomi Renga, E. fabia Cram., E. testaceae Walk., E. undata, Linodera vittata Walk., Euproctis lutifacia Hamp., Alphaea...

History

Cardamom is known to be in use in India from ancient times. It is known as Ela in Sanskrit and references to this can be found in ancient Sanskrit texts. Taitreya Samhita, which belongs to the later Vedic period ca. 3000 BC , contains mention of cardamom among the ingredients to be poured in the sacrificial fire on the occasion of a marriage ceremony Mahindru, 1982 . The ancient Indian Ayurvedic texts, Charaka Samhita and Susrutha Samhita, written in the post-epic period 1400 600 BC also...

Fertilizer Requirements 61 Fertilizer scheduling

As stated earlier, cardamom is being grown in the rich fertile soils of forest eco-system. Up to the middle of fifties, it was cultivated without any manuring or limited to organic manures, if at all applied. As importance of this spice crop was increasingly felt in the national and international market scenario, its cultivation was taken up in a more systematic and scientific manner and many of the planters started applying chemical fertilizers. de Geus 1973 suggested a fertilizer dose of 45...