Cardamom (also spelled cardamon) is primarily from Ceylon and South India and is a perennial plant of the ginger family. It is a popular ingredient in Scandinavian meats and pastries, East Indian curry, and for flavoring coffee in the Arab countries. Fancy Green Cardamom Pods are about 1/2" long and have a fresh green color and pungent, aromatic flavor. Chewing on Cardamom Pods can calm an upset stomach while sweetening the breath. Each pod contains about 20 aromatic seeds. There are Brown, White and Green Cardamom Pods. The green is most common and the white pods are simply bleached green pods. The brown pods are not true Cardamom, but come from a related variety. For best results, buy whole Green Cardamom and remove seeds just before using.
Suggested Use: Cardamom mixed with ginger, cloves and cinnamon is great in rice pudding, black tea and even in hot chocolate. The slightly spicy flavor of Cardamom also mixes well into traditional coffee cake recipes. It is also a great spice for pickling. Try 1/4 tsp. in muffins or pies. Wonderful in spice rubs or marinades with pork. Place in cheese cloth bag for tea infusions.
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