Green Cardamom is known for its intensely aromatic unique flavour. It is a popular food ingredient in Asia. It is also often used in baking in Europe where it is used in traditional treats. In the Middle East, green cardamom is used as a spice for sweet dishes, as well as traditional flavouring in coffee and tea. Cardamom production began in ancient times, and has been referred to in ancient Sanskrit texts as ela. The Babylonians and Assyrians recognized the health benefits of the spice early on, and trade in cardamom opened up along land routes and by the interlinked Persian Gulf route. This versatile spice and tea ingredient comes from Guatemala where it was grown and harvested using traditional methods
Uses as Spice: Whole cardamom pods can be used in preparation of rice and other grains, as well as soups, vegetables, meats and in baking. Both pods and seeds inside them can be ground into powder before use.
Tea and Coffee Brewing Guide: Use couple of pods in 250 ml water at 100°C for 6-8 min. Cardamom pods can also be added to coffee and other teas for additional aromatic infusion. Both pods and seeds inside them can be ground into powder before use. Seeds offer a more intense flavour.
Storage Guide: Cardamom seeds are best stored in their natural pods and extracted just before use.