Kerala is known for it production of wonderful, fragrant spices. As well as making food taste delicious, many of these ingredients have incredible health benefits. Tourists will often seek these out when they visit as they are known for being some of the best quality grown in the world.
Here are a few of the most commonly found spices in Kerala, along with their health benefits:
As well as adding colour and flavour to meals, Turmeric is a fantastic antioxidant and is also known to have properties to help fight and manage cancer. It is also thought to help prevent Alzheimers disease and joint inflammation.
With a pungent and very appealing flavour, ginger is a popular spice in cooking. However, it is also thought to help relieve colds and joint pain, and regulate blood pressure.
Black pepper is grown in the hilly areas of Kerala, and its export has earned the state international fame. Peppercorns are grown in bundles, and dried to become black pepper as we know it.
As well as being a household staple throughout the world as a flavouring for food, black pepper can help to cure ailments such as constipation, diarrhea, earache, and heart disease.
Also grown locally in Kerala, this sweet, fragrant spice is said to help control blood glucose levels and keeps diabetes under control.
This spice has healing properties similar to those of ginger. It also makes chai tea taste great. Chai tea is also widely made in Kerala, and has its own health benefits including improving digestion, boosting the immune system, fighting inflammation, and as an antioxidant.