Cardamom Seeds: Spice of the Month Feature

27 בFebruary 2024

Cardamom is often called the "queen of spices" and for good reason. Its pleasantly aromatic and sweet qualities make it extremely versatile in both sweet and savory dishes. This month we're featuring the tiny but powerful cardamom seeds.

cardamom seeds

Cardamom comes from a special type of orchid found growing wild in India, Sri Lanka, and a few other tropical locations. The small brown–black seeds are encapsulated within the cardamom pod, which must be removed before use. Cardamom has a complex flavor profile featuring notes of lemon, mint, and smoke as well as a gently sweet finish.

One of the best qualities of cardamom is how it plays well with other spices. It blends seamlessly with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and more. This versatility makes it the perfect addition to spice blends like garam masala or pumpkin pie spice. Try experimenting with your own signature spice mixes featuring cardamom as the headliner.

The cardamom seeds can be used whole or freshly ground to release vibrant essential oils and maximum flavor. Try adding a pinch to your morning coffee or sweet bread. It's equally at home balancing spicy Indian curries or Middle Eastern rice dishes like biryani. For dessert, a touch of cardamom amps up everything from pies to custards to chai tea lattes.

coffee with cardamom seeds

While the use of cardamom dates back thousands of years to ancient Egypt, India, and Rome, it remains a highly sought-after spice today. The complexity and versatility make cardamom a special addition to any dish. 

When using cardamom seeds, a little goes a long way. Start with just a pinch in any recipe and adjust to taste. The seeds quickly infuse foods and beverages with their essence, bringing brightness and depth to cuisine from all corners of the world. Keep an extra pack handy so you can experiment with the quintessential flavor of cardamom all month long!

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