About Cardamom Powder Organic
Cardamom is the fruit of a large perennial bush that grows wild in the rainforest of the Western Ghats (known as Cardamom Hills) in southern India; a closely related variety grows in Sri Lanka. Both are cultivated in their regions of origin, as well as in Tanzania, Vietnam and Guatemala, that is now the world’s largest producer.
Cardamom has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes in India for more than 2,000 years. The spice was known by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who valued its qualities as a perfume and digestive aid. Around 60% of all cardamom is consumed in Arab counties, where it is a key ingredient of gahwa, a fragrant coffee served as a symbol of hospitality.
Storage and shelf life
Store cardamom powder in a cool, dry, airtight container, away from the sunlight and heat.
Cardamom powder when stored properly, will retain flavor and potency for up to 1 year.
Shipping and delivery
The product is available for delivery and pick up from our store in de Pijp.
The product is delivered in recycled paper bags.
How to use
Cardamom brings out a citrusy and flowery taste, with a note of camphor or eucalyptus; it is pungent and smoky, with a bittersweet note, yet also clean and fresh. The spice enhances both sweet and savory flavors. Hulled seeds can be either lightly bruised and fried, or toasted and ground before being added to a dish. Whole pods are best used in recipes with some sort of fat for the cardamom to infuse since the flavor compounds are almost insoluble in water. The pods that encase cardamom seeds have little flavor on their own, but they are a handy way to keep the seeds contained. Crushing the pod slightly helps expose the aromatic seeds inside.
However you plan to use cardamom, it’s important to keep in mind that a little truly does go a long way; it will quickly overpower a dish if used too generously. Due to their vaguely menthol-like quality, the pods can be chewed like gum as a breath freshener as well.
It goes well into pastries, puddings and ice creams. It is one of the essential components of many spice mixes like garam masala, turkish baharat and main component of chai spice.
Chocolate, coffee, tea, cream, ginger, dates, mint, cinnamon, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, sweet potatoes, rice, pulses, yogurt.