June 23, 2013 in Herbs & Spices
What it is: Cardamom seeds are an aromatic spice belonging to the ginger family. They’re native to Sri Lanka and parts of India.
How it tastes:
Green cardamom is the most commonly known variety and has a sweet spicy flavor with hints of citrus. Some people describe it as a cross between cinnamon and ginger.
Yellow or brown is said to have a stronger flavor and be slightly smoky.
White cardomom is quite rare and has a much milder flavor.
Cardomom is astringent and very strong though, so only a small amount is required to add flavor to most cooking.
Tips: Cardamom is quite an expensive spice because of the expense involved in cultivation. The seeds are often munched after a meal as a digestive aid, in some countries.
Green cardomom is the most commonly known and used type.