Cardamom - The Spice of Life

There are many spices available for cooking, making teas or putting in an aromatic diffuser, but one spice that you may or may not have heard about is Cardamom. Its global appeal and wide range of uses means that cardamom is in high demand. Not surprisingly, then, cardamom ranks as the third most expensive spice by weight (behind only saffron and vanilla).

Organic Green Cardamom

Cardamom was used for food preparation and in medicine to treat different ailments. It grows in tropical places in Vietnam. It comes from the seeds of several plants, the Elettaria, the Amomum and the Zingiberaceae, a member of the ginger family. These seeds make a perfect aromatic and flavorful blend.

100% Natural dried cardamom from Vietnam

Queen of Spices

Cardamom gives food and drinks a slightly sweet floral flavor. Cardamom is often referred to as the Queen of Spices because of its many health benefits and what it adds to recipes. It comes in three types which are green, black and Madagascar. It is one of the more expensive spices, but a little goes a long way.

Cakes are made from Cardamom

Cardamom can be enjoyed in sweet and savory dishes and pairs well with several other flavors, including ginger (to which cardamom is related), citrus, rose water, coconut, pumpkin/ squash, nuts, and other warming spices like cinnamon. So, next time you bake muffins, cook a curry churn a pint of ice cream, or even just brew a pot of coffee, I hope you’ll consider a sprinkle of cardamom for a new and spicy taste!

Have you used cardamom in your cooking?  Tell us how you have used cardamom to spice up your life!

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