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Cardamom Pods Green

green cardamom pods

Elettaria cardamomum

Origin: Guatemala
From£56.88 per kg

Cardamom is a spice made from the seeds of several plants in the genera Elettaria and Amomum in the family Zingiberaceae. Both genera are native to the Indian subcontinent and Indonesia. They are characterised by their small seed pods, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin, papery outer shell and small, black seeds. Elettaria pods are light green and smaller, while Amomum pods are larger and dark brown.

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General use

History and background

Today, green cardamom is known as the ‘Queen of Spices’, and is adored around the world for its distinctive flavour – but its history of usage is estimated to date back more than 4,000 years. That makes it one of the world’s oldest known spices.

Originally, it was thought to have been used in Ancient Egypt for medicinal purposes, embalming and even rituals. In the centuries that followed, Romans and Greeks began to adopt the spice too, albeit for different reasons. They coveted its strong scent, using it to make perfumes and oils. It was later brought back to Scandinavia by the vikings, and remains one of the region’s favourite spices.

How to use green cardamom pods

The dried ripe fruits of cardamom have been used as a spice and in medicines since the 4th century BC. Today, cardamom pods are perhaps best known in culinary circles – where they’re used to flavour curries, drinks and to create traditional spice blends – but their history in medicine seems to date back further. For thousands of years, ancient civilizations have used the spice to treat a variety of ailments, from asthma and indigestion to smelly breath!

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Cardamom is used to spice both sweet and savory dishes. It is widely employed in Indian, Middle Eastern, Arabic, and Swedish cuisine. It comes in two types and is used as whole pods, seeds, or ground. Cardamom is found in the garam masala spice mixture that seasons meat and vegetable dishes, and in hot beverages such as masala chai and Turkish coffee. Cardamom is an essential component in Thai curry and Thai soup, thus it is also called Thai ginger.

Members of the family Zingiberaceae including turmeric, ginger and galangal have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. The capsules (fruits) have been used for applications including the control of asthma, teeth and gum infections, cataracts, nausea, diarrhea, as well as cardiac, digestive and kidney disorders.

Cardamom pods and seeds are used as a flavour in gin and other liqueurs, often in combination with another flavour, for example rasberry and cardamom.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re cooking a recipe that requires whole green cardamom pods, they are best cooked in a pan over a medium heat. Remember to take them out before serving. Some recipes also use the cardamom seeds. You can break open the pods and grind the seeds to release their flavour.

Green and black cardamom are harvested and processed differently, with the latter being picked after it has matured. Black cardamom is also dried, unlike its green counterpart.