Elettaria cardamomum One of the world’s most ancient spices, Cardamom comes from tropical rain forests from tall plants in the ginger family. Cardamom is grown in Asia, South America, and the Pacific Islands. The seeds grow in small green pods about the size of cranberries. In this state they are at their peak quality. The seeds are black in color with a strong, spicy fragrance and fresh, sweet taste. Some spice merchants prefer the pods paper white. In this bleached state, the seeds are lighter in color with a less intense flavor. This spice is widely used in Scandinavian and East Indian cooking. Cardamom is a major spice in curries. When purchasing, green pods are preferable to white pods, which are preferable to ground seeds. The pod may be ground and used along with the seeds. The secret to Cardamom is to use it sparingly. A little does go a long way.
The price is per ounce.