Our Organic Whole Black Cardamom Pods differ from the most standard green cardamom, in the fact that they are traditionally dried over flames. This process acts to preserve some of the delicate flavors of the spice, while also imparting a symphony of smoky flavor and fragrant notes into the pods. The unique menthol-like notes and pungent aromatic qualities, combine with the near-ginger spiciness and subtle citrus notes to create a truly unique spice that has gained global culinary fame--making it one of the most expensive spices in the world today.
The cardamom plant is native to India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Pakistan and Nepal, however Guatemala is the largest producer of commercial cardamom today, followed by India. A German coffee planter, who had taken a liking to the pods unique culinary attributes, introduced cardamom to Central America just before WWI. Demand for the spice has been steadily increasing since the 1800’s, with greater demand coming from China.
Cardamom is widely used in traditional medicines. It can be used to treat sores in the mouth, the teeth and gums as well as soreness of the throat. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat stomach issues, digestive issues, dysentery and constipation. It is believed to be useful for breaking up kidney and gall bladder stones as well.
Using at Home
The benefit of the whole seeds over their ground counterparts, is simply that the seeds allow the potency of the spices flavor and fragrance to be preserved. When using at home, simply remove the inner seed and process into a fine powder--then use it how you would ground cardamom. For this black cardamom, the flavors lean heavily in the direction of savory, making it ideal for braises, stews, and any other dish that can benefit from a layer of smokey-mouth-watering flavor. One particularly irresistible usage of this sophisticated spice, is creating a rub for your next grill session, combing the spiciness of ground ginger and the heat of chili peppers with the unique deliciousness of cardamom.
Our ingredients are sourced from the highest quality growers around the world, with consistent and large production quantities available. Whatever your needs, you've found a partner dedicated to providing quality ingredients that make your business stand out, with a level of service that you can rely on.
All of our methods, are completely compatible with the full USDA Organic standard, while managing to meet - or surpass - strict FDA regulated safety standards. Our key technologies include: Steam Treated Spice, Steam Treated Spices.