In the Bedouin culture, the cardamom would be put on display for guest to see. If the appearance of the pods was plump and blemish free it showed great esteem and respect for the guest.
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.
Here at Savory Spice Shop we like to put a few green pods in our coffee grounds before brewing for a subtle, Arabian brew.
We offer the highest quality cardamom pods from Guatamala.
These pods have a strong, pungent aroma and a flowery, eucalyptic flavor and pair well with cloves, ginger, anise, and fennel.
Crush slightly before using whole and remove before serving. Add to coffee grounds for Turkish coffee. Flavor ice cream, pastries, puddings, and fruits. Season rice, casseroles, meats, and marinades.
For 3-4 T of mix: Crack 2 bay leaves & a 4" cinnamon stick into 1/4" pieces & mix with 5 green cardamom pods, 1 1/2 T crystallized ginger nibs (1/4" pieces), 1 t fennel seeds & anise, 1/2 t cloves, & 1/4 t peppercorns