Ground Inner Cardamom Seeds Powder
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.
We grind our cardamom from the inner seeds only and we do it in very small batches, as the volatile oils can be lost rather quickly. Ground cardamom is commonly used in pastries, breads and curries, but don’t be afraid to try a little in hamburgers or meatloaf.
Cardamom Q & A
What is the flavor of cardamom?
Cardamom has a complex, distinct flavor. It has a minty, spicy, and citrusy taste with a hint of earthiness commonly associated with herbs. It is also quite aromatic. Its flavor goes very well with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger, and other aromatic spices.
What do you use cardamom for?
Cardamom is used in various sweet and savory dishes. You can find it used in different pastries, cookies, breads, and other baked goods. It can also be paired with meats, fruits, legumes, and grains. Some even use it to add flavor to coffee, tea, and even alcoholic drinks. But do be careful not to use too much. Its intense flavor can easily overpower any dish, drink, or baked goods.
Is Cardamom good in coffee?
Cardamom adds a unique flavor to coffee and can quickly enhance your morning coffee. It provides a rich layer of spicy, floral flavor that beautifully complements coffee’s bitterness. Ground cardamom or crush cardamom pods while simmering coffee in a pot with water or milk.
Why is cardamom so expensive?
Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world by weight. Only saffron, vanilla, and a few others are more expensive. One of the reasons why it is so expensive is because the way it is harvested is so labor-intensive. Unlike other spices wherein the harvest process can be automated, each cardamom pod is harvested by hand when it is about 75% ripe to achieve peak quality. Much time and care is placed into each pod, which explains why it is so expensive. Additionally, typical yield for cardamom is around 50 to 150 pounds per acre, which is quite low. This is where the basic rules for supply and demand apply. The high demand for the limited supply of cardamom adequately explains why it is so expensive.
Does cardamom tea have caffeine?
No, cardamom tea does not have caffeine. In fact, it has an opposite effect. It can be used to neutralize the stimulant effect of caffeine to help calm the nervous system.
Does cardamom taste like soap?
No, it does not. Unfortunately, the flavor of cardamom is an acquired taste. For some, it adds a uniquely distinct taste that goes well with numerous dishes. But others need some more time to get used to the flavor since it can get too overwhelming.
What is cardamom similar to?
When the recipe calls for cardamom but you’re out of the ingredients, you can try using equal parts of cinnamon and ginger.
What is the difference between black cardamom and green cardamom?
Although both green and black cardamom may come from the same family, they actually come from different genera. Green cardamom belongs to the genus Elettaria while black cardamom is from Amomum. Aside from differences in appearance and flavor, they are also not harvested the same. Green cardamoms are harvested before they reach full ripeness while black cardamom is harvested much later.
Can you substitute black cardamom for green cardamom?
Black and green cardamoms have different flavors. The flavor of black cardamom is more intense. It also has a distinct smoky flavor. Substituting the ingredients will depend on the recipe. Black cardamom is best added to meat and savory dishes and doesn’t go well with sweet dishes. If that is the case, try using a combination of ginger and nutmeg instead.
Flavor of Ground Inner Cardamom Seeds Powder
These seeds have a strong, pungent aroma and a flowery, eucalyptic flavor and pair well with cloves, ginger, anise, and fennel.
Uses of Ground Inner Cardamom Seeds Powder
Add to curries, hamburgers, and meatloaf. Sprinkle on baked apples and rice pudding.
Ground Inner Cardamom Seeds Powder Recipe
For 4-5 T of mix: Blend 1 T nutmeg and ginger with 2 t ground allspice, cinnamon, and clove, and 1 t ground cardamom and coriander