Cardamom pods provide an all-natural wrapper for the seeds inside and buying this spice in its pod form will mean it retains its flavour and aroma for longer. The seeds can then be removed as you need them. The pods themselves are very fibrous so shouldn’t be eaten – though they can be used in the distilling process. You can also obtain cardamom powder from pods by grinding them.
Cardamon is one of the world’s most expensive spices – only vanilla and saffron are more costly weight for weight. Cardamon pod production is a labour-intensive business.
Each pod slowly ripens and must be collected when it’s three-quarters ripe when it will then be washed and dried. The drying method will dictate the colour of the cardamon pod – white shows that they’ve been sun-dried for an extended period, while green indicates they’ve only dried for 24 hours in a heated room.
The contemporary and ever-growing gin industry has seen its fair share of cardamom-infused gins, where it adds a distinctive sweet yet spicy flavour and effortlessly complements both juniper and coriander. In gin production, the green cardamom plant is used most predominantly where it can add notes that are citrus, grassy, aromatic, sweet and with some warmth. The product of the black cardamon – used in a smaller number of gins – adds a smoky depth to the drink.
Cardamom has a robust flavour, and so only small amounts are needed to spice dishes. It pairs well with vegetables, meat and poultry and can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes. The Indian savoury rice dish Biryani and Indian rice pudding Kheer both feature this spice to good effect, as does Finland’s famous pulla – a braided sweet bread.
The hugely popular chai tea uses cardamon as one of its key ingredients – and indeed regular drinkers may be able to recognise its lemony qualities. Although this warming spiced tea originated in the Indian subcontinent, it can now be found on the menu at coffee shops across the globe. Green cardamom is used in chai tea because it works well with other spices – the black variety’s smoky taste means it shouldn’t be paired with other strong spices.
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