Inner Cardamom 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.
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.
Flavor of Inner Cardamom Seeds
These seeds have a strong, pungent aroma and a flowery, eucalyptic flavor and pair well with cloves, ginger, anise, and fennel.
Uses of Inner Cardamom Seeds
Flavor spiced wine. Grind before adding to curries, hamburgers, and meatloaf. Sprinkle ground seeds on baked apples and rice pudding.
Inner Cardamom Seeds Recipe
For 2-3 T of mix: Grind 2 t inner cardamom seeds, 1/2 t fennel seeds, a 4" cinnamon stick, and 6 cloves into a fine powder and mix with 2 t ground ginger and 1 t pepper