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All About Cardamom!


  Native to the forests of India, Cardamom is a member of the Zingiberaceae family and grows in tropical climates. The green pods slowly ripen before they are harvested and then dried for just one day to preserve their beautiful color and pungency. A prized spice for food, medicine, and perfume in eastern cultures for thousands of years, it is known as the Queen of Spices in India.  This sweetly aromatic fruit boasts a bold and complex flavor of ginger, black pepper, clove, eucalyptus, and lemon.

Traditional Preparations

Cardamom can be used to season curry sauces, rice dishes, homemade breads, ice cream, and sweet pastries. A classic ingredient in Chai tea, it’s also lovely in coffee. The seeds can be chewed as a natural breath freshener and digestive aide.

Herbal Curiosities

Whisperings throughout history rumor that Cleopatra found the scent of cardamom so alluring that she made incense from the seeds to perfume her palace when Marc Antony came to visit.


Want to experiment with the enchanting flavor and aroma cardamom offers?

Find the organic pods here, chai tea here, and essential oil here!



Topics: Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Specialty Ingredients


Written by Friends on January 18, 2013

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