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Cardamom Pods


Cardamom pods, or green cardamom, is a spice derived from the seeds of several different plants in the ginger family. Originating in India, it has been an integral part of Indian cooking for millennia. It's utilized in various international cuisines, from North African to Middle Eastern to Nordic. Green cardamom pods has a robust, one-of-a-kind, and nuanced taste. It tastes fruity and floral with a tinge of spice, and it has a flavour profile that includes notes of lemon, mint, and smoke. Unique and aromatic, with a warm and inviting perfume that may elevate the flavour of many foods, the aroma is also memorable. It is also frequently found in mixes like garam masala and chai blends.



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Native to the Indian subcontinent, green cardamom pods (also called green cardamom) is thought to have evolved in the Western Ghats of southern India. It is also present in Bhutan and Nepal, which are nearby.

Other tropical regions besides Guatemala and Tanzania cultivate cardamom commercially. Most of the world's cardamom supply comes from Guatemala, namely the Alta Verapaz region, a significant producer and exporter of spice. Tanzania is also a major cardamom producer, with most of the crop coming from the southern highlands.

Cardamom pods are also grown in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam, among other places. The growing conditions and harvesting methods employed in a region can significantly impact the cardamom crop's quality and flavour.

Who can consume cardamom pods

Cardamom pod is considered safe for most individuals when used sparingly as a spice or flavour in cuisine. People have turned to this traditional medicine for help with digestion and other issues for generations.

Cardamom has several health benefits, but those with specific health issues should be careful about taking significant amounts of it. This is because True Cardamom includes components that may stimulate the formation of bile, a digestive fluid that aids in the breakdown of fats. Some persons suffering from gallstones or bile duct obstruction experience excruciating agony when their bile production rates spike.

Green cardamom should be avoided in large quantities by those who suffer from gallstones or bile duct obstruction. Those with these conditions may still be allowed to use moderate amounts of the spice as a culinary ingredient, but they should talk to their doctor about the safest dose.

Nutrition Facts

Organic cardamom pods are low in calories and a good fibre, iron, and manganese source. A teaspoon of ground cardamom (2 grams) contains approximately 6 calories, 1 gram of fibre, 0.1 gram of protein, and small amounts of other vitamins and minerals.

Cardamom Pods Preservation/Storage and Time

A glass jar with a tight-fitting cover is ideal for storing True Cardamom since it keeps out air and moisture. The loss of the spice's flavour and scent can be prevented by doing this. Light can hasten the spice's decay, so storing it in a dark place is best.

whole Cardamom pods and black cardamom pods should be kept in a cold, dark place, out of the reach of heat and light. Flavour and scent can be diminished if the spice is heated above its flash point, as the essential oils are evaporated during that process. The ideal temperature for long-term storage is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), so a cold pantry or cupboard is an excellent choice.

Cardamom Pods Use


  • Cardamom pods can be added to oatmeal, yoghourt, smoothies, and baked goods such as muffins and pancakes.


  • Cardamom pods can be used as a spice rub for meats, added to salad dressings, and used to flavour soups and stews.


  • Cardamom pods can flavour rice dishes, curries, and roasted vegetables.

Home Remedy

  • Elettaria cardamom, known as Cardamom, has been used for millennia in Ayurveda and TCM.
  • Cardamom is commonly used for stomach disorders in traditional medicine. Some people find relief from indigestion, gas, and nausea after eating cardamom. An increase in bile synthesis and the secretion of these enzymes from the liver are thought to be responsible for their beneficial effects on digestion. Cardamom is also carminative, meaning it can aid with bloating and gas.
  • Researchers have discovered that cardamom includes components with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, including terpenes, flavonoids, and phenolic acids. Cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are all linked to oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, and these substances may assist in alleviating those conditions.

Earth Consciousness

  • Original Cardamom is a sustainable crop that is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers in many regions. Choosing sustainably grown cardamom can support small farmers and help protect biodiversity.

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There is no daily recommendation for consuming cardamom pods. It would help if you always consumed spices in moderate quantities.

 Green cardamom pods are not rich in calories. Since they are used in small amounts for flavoring, they add little to the calorie count.

While ground cardamom can substitute for cardamom pods, opting for cardamom pods is recommended if a more robust flavor is desired.

Cardamom parts are readily available at any grocery store, Spice shop, or online shop. They can be speckled in the spice segment.

Green cardamom has a sugary and flowery flavor, whereas Black cardamom has a clear earthy flavor. Both can be used in savory dishes of Indian cuisine.

Cardamom is a general term that refers to the pod and the grounded form, whereas cardamom pods are used explicitly for the seed pods.

Even though cardamom parts are edible, they are usually used to add important flavor to food. They are seldom eaten as it is.

It is better to remove cardamom pods after cooking as they have already infused the flavor to the dish and have no use now. 

Cardamom pods provide outstanding antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics, and they additionally support digestive health.

Cardamom pods are generally safe and should be consumed in moderate quantities; otherwise, they may lead to digestive issues and allergic reactions.