Cardamom Pods, Organic
- A product of Mortar and Petal by CynCraft
- Organic, Kosher
- Uses: Tea, Incense, Potpourri, Ritual
Cardamom, or Elettaria cardamomum, is also known as Amomum cardamomum, Bai Dou Kou, Cardamon, Cardomomi Fructus, and Ela.
The sweetly aromatic cardamom is the fruit of a tropical plant related to ginger, and one of the world's most expensive spices, after saffron and vanilla.
Growing cardamom is extremely labor intensive. Each pod, or capsule, ripens slowly, but must be plucked when it is three-quarters ripe. After harvest, the pods are washed and dried. It is the black seeds inside each pod, however, that are considered the spice.
The best way to use cardamom is to purchase whole pods and remove the seeds as needed. This form of the herb retains its aroma and flavor longest.