Cardamom Green


This is the seed capsule of a ginger plant, which has a perfumed aroma. Cardamom is often referred to as a typical Christmas spice that is used in Stollen and for flavoring bread.


Other names: Kardamom grün, Cardamome verte, Shoti Alaichi, الهيل الخضراء
Translations: Kardamons, Kardamonas, Kardamom, Thảo quả, Kardamon, Kardemom, इलायची, Cardamomo, Кардамон, Κάρδαμο, هال, 카다몸, Kardamon, Kapulaga, Kardamono, 豆蔻, Cardamomo, Kardamom, Kardamon, Cardamomo, הל, Kardemumma, Кардамом, カルダモン, Cardamome, Kardamom, Kardemomme, Kardemomme, Кардамон, Kardemumma, Кардамон

Physical Description

Cardamom comes from the seeds of a ginger-like plant. The small, brown-black sticky seeds are contained in a pod in three double rows with about six seeds in each row.

Colors: greenish

Tasting Notes

Flavors: sweet and savory
Mouthfeel: Spicy, Aromatic, Earthy
Food complements: Cake, Coffee
Beverage complements: Green tea, Apple juice
Substitutes: Ground cardamom

Selecting and Buying

Seasonality: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, opctober, november, december
Procuring: It is native to the East originating in the forests of the western ghats in southern India, where it grows wild. Today it also grows in Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Indo China and Tanzania.

Preparation and Use

Cardamom are used as flavorings in both food and drink, as cooking spices and as a medicine.

Conserving and Storing

Cardamom is best stored in pod form because once the seeds are exposed or ground they quickly lose their flavor.


In the Middle East, green cardamom powder is used as a spice for sweet dishes as well as traditional flavouring in coffee and tea. Cardamom pods are ground together with coffee beans to produce a powdered mixture of the two, which is boiled with water to make coffee.

History: The ancient Egyptians chewed cardamom seeds as a tooth cleaner; the Greeks and Romans used it as a perfume. Vikings came upon cardamom about one thousand years ago, in Constantinople, and introduced it into Scandinavia, where it remains popular to this day.



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