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Cardamom

An aromatic spice used in cooking throught the world.

Article by: Barbara Bowman


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About Cardamom

Cardamom (frequently misspelled and mispronounced "cardamon") is the common name for several plant species native to India and southeastern Asia.  Cardamom is used for their aromatic pods and  seeds.

According to Encarta Online "The true cardamom has large leaves and white flowers with blue stripes and yellow borders; it grows to about 3 m (about 10 ft) in height. The fruit is a small capsule with 8 to 16 brown seeds; the seeds are used as a spice."

Scientific classification: Cardamom belong to the family Zingiberaceae. The true cardamom is classified as Elettaria cardamomum.

Credits: "Cardamom," Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2000 http://encarta.msn.com © 1997-2000 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Culinary Uses

Cardamom is spice used in countries throughout the world but most prominently in India and Europe.   In India, whole pods, green or brown are fried to extract the flavor and added to curries.  In Europe the seed is used to flavor breads and pastries.

Be conservative when using cardamom because it can be quite overpowering when over-used.

Where To Buy Cardamom

Purchase cardamom seed or ground cardamom in most grocery stores.  Whole pods, green or brown can be found in India or Asian grocery stores.

Ground cardamom is the most perishable so it is best to purchase in small amounts and discard after 3 months.  The seed will last longer and can be ground.  The whole pods can be stored at least for a year.

Buy Cardamom OnlineThe harder to find varieties can be found in our online store.

    
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Featured Recipes

Cardamom Spice Blend

BowlFood Cookbook - Use this mixture in a warm carrot or squash soup.

I N G R E D I E N T S
2 tablespoons ground cardamom, preferably freshly ground
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

I N S T R U C T I O N S
Combine all the spices in a dry medium skillet over medium heat and heat, shaking the pan continuously to prevent burning, until the spices are fragrant and just beginning to smoke, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the spices to a bowl to cool. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container

Cardamom Nutrition

1 tsp ground
Calories
Total fat (g)0
Saturated fat (g)0
Monounsaturated fat (g)0
Polyunsaturated fat (g)0
Dietary fiber (g)1
Protein (g)0
Carbohydrate (g)1
Potassium (mg)22