Cardamom, Inner Seeds
In the Cardamom Hills of southern India, wild cardamom bushes have grown for some 2000 years. They flourish in rainforests and in some cases can grow to eighteen feet tall. Guatemala is now the chief exporter of the highest quality cardamom pods. Cardamom has a strong, pungent aroma and a flowery, almost eucalyptus type flavor. There are 17 to 20 tiny inner seeds in each peanut sized pod.
Chewing the cardamom seeds will cleanse your breath, particularly handy for garlic lovers.
The inner seeds are dark, crunchy and a little sticky. If you like to grind your own spices, purchasing the inner seeds will save you the painstaking step of deseeding the pods. If kept in an airtight container, they will keep up to one year.