Cardamom is a spice native to the Middle East, North Africa, and Scandinavia. There are three types of cardamom; green cardamom, black cardamom and Madagascar cardamom. It is best to buy cardamom still in the pods, which are removed and discarded. You can also buy cardamom seeds however; they lose much of their flavor. Ground cardamom has even less flavor than the fresher ones. Most recipes usually call for green cardamom. Cardamom has a strong, unique spicy-sweet taste, which is slightly aromatic. Cardamom is more expensive than average spices. A little goes a long way. If a recipe calls for 10 pods that would equal 1 ½ tsp ground. Ground cardamom is readily available and found in grocery stores.
Ethnicity: Scandanavian, East Indian
Season: available year-round
How to select: Purchase in the pod or ground.
How to prepare: Grinding the pod yourself will result in a fresher, stronger representation of the spice.
Matches well with: chicken, coffee, curries, duck, lentils, meat, oranges, peas, rice, squash