Our Cardamom Seeds are bright and aromatic, reminiscent of summer fruits, fresh herbs and cut grass. The fragrant, crunchy seeds have been removed from the pods, and they’re ready to dot pastries and jams and add depth to your favorite chicken recipe and give your coffee a Middle Eastern twist.
All you need to do is grind the seeds directly into your dishes as you cook for coarsley ground cardamom, with tons of flavor and a little crunch!
The grinder that the seeds come in is perfect for coarsely ground cardamom seeds with a wonderful crunchy texture. If you prefer your cardamom ground more finely, unscrew the top and grind the seeds in an electric grinder or mortar and pestle.
- Origin: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
- Aliases: Decorticated cardamom seeds
- Process: Hot-air-dried
Ingredients: 100% cardamom seeds, decorticated (Elettaria cardamomum)
- Tasting notes: Ginger • Apricots • Jungle Flowers
- Grind into rice and grains
- Use in a rub for chicken and lamb
- Add to fruit jams, marmalades and syrups
- Pairs well with: Wild Mountain Cumin, New Harvest Turmeric, Royal Cinnamon
Guatemala exports 80% of the world’s cardamom, but the spice is virtually unknown in local markets. It is grown exclusively for export, mostly on tiny plots by indigenous farmers in the country’s remote mountainous region.
Guatemala's cloud forests are ideal for growing cardamom, which thrives in temperate high-altitude environments with plenty of rainfall. The comparatively low temperatures in the mountains during the harvest season (November-January) ensure that the cardamom has very high levels of fragrant essential oils.
Our cardamom is grown on one of the only single-estate cardamom farms in Guatemala, which is also the only farm to manage the supply chain in its entirety, from cultivation to harvesting, drying and export. Cardamom is officially graded only by its size and green color; however, those factors don’t correlate to flavor. This cardamom has a yellow tinge since it's allowed to ripen fully, resulting in softer, fruitier, and overall more complex flavor.
Meet the Farmer:
Our relationship with partner farmer Don Amilcar in Guatemala is one of our longest-standing and closest farmer partnerships. Maybe he was amused when Ethan first visited the farm in 2016 and hauled back a duffel back full of Don Amilcar's vine-ripened cardamom pods in 2016. We all hoped that would be the beginning of a long partnership... and it was.
In 2020, we brought in more than 20,000 pounds of spices from him, which, among other things, helped him build a new farmhouse. (Last photo, scroll to the end. )
Don Amilcar planted his first cardamom vine when he was 9 years old. In the years since then, he's created the only vertically integrated cardamom operation in Guatemala with his own farm, his own drying facility and now, his own export operation run by his daughter Meyllin.
His farming operation is so impressive and produces cardamom so good that Saveur called him "the farmer shaking up the Guatemalan cardamom trade."
Want to check out his farm? You can watch a short video we made with him here.
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I have long been a cardamom lover but this is the first time I've sought it anywhere other than a local grocery store. I am absolutely amazed by the scent...so strong! Floral and citrus and bright. A little goes a long way and I find myself using it all the time.
This cardamom is so fresh and delicious. The scent and flavor are really, really good--far more nuanced and complex than anything I've bought at the grocery store. As a note, I saw in other reviews that the included grinder doesn't do a great job because it grinds to very large chunks that are not great to eat--I did find that to be true but it's easy enough to grind it myself at home. The flavor experience is well worth it!
So far, it's been great.
The nanosecond you open this container, you know you did the right thing when you bought too much, too many cardamom seeds. The scent envelopes you and travels around the room like an invisible tiny genie on a fantastical carpet ride. Cloud Forest Cardamon is crunchy, delicious, and highly aromatic - I cannot recommend it enough!
I'm having great fun using these seeds ground into Indian dishes, chilis and stews. I ground some into my morning coffee (heavenly); and onto chicken, rice and vegies. The seeds are pure, no husks. They add unique flavor to any sheet-pan meal. I do my shopping on-line and no place beats Burlap & Barrel in any category. Phyllis K Fess Baker