What Does Cardamom Taste Like?

Cardamom seedsWhat is cardamom?

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.


Cardamom is quite an expensive spice because of the cost 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.

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