Originally from the Banda Islands in Indonesia. Grown in India, Sri Lanka and Latin America.
Wood-like smell, slightly bitter but powerful flavor.
Stimulates digestion, antispasmodic, prevents bloating, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sedative and hallucinogenic.
Its taste is astringent, soft, warm and light. Reduces Vata and Kapha.
It brings delicacy to potatoes and vegetables. Marries well with cabbage, stews, cheese-based casseroles, and desserts such as apple sauce or pears.