Our cardamom is grown on a single estate in the cloud forests of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, a biodynamic farm using traditional organic methods. The farm emphasizes workers' rights, sustainability and fair business practices. The terroir is ideal for cardamom, which thrives in humid, high altitude environments with plenty of rainfall. The comparatively low temperatures in the mountains during the harvest season (November-January) ensures high levels of fragrant essential oils.
Our green cardamom is bright and herbal, with warm notes of ginger and pine. Grind and add to cakes and pastries, or use whole in soups and curries for fragrance and elevated flavor.
Origin: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
Process: Hot air dried
Ingredients: 100% whole green cardamom pods (Elettaria cardamomum)
Tasting notes: Eucalyptus • Mint • Pine
Throw a few pods while baking or sauteing chicken
Cook down with a fruit juice for a savory/sweet sauce
Guatemala produces 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. A general lack of understanding of the spice’s usage, as well as the commoditization of the crop and near monopolization of the industry by a very small number of major exporters, keep small producers from cultivating higher quality products or accessing high-value markets. They grow tiny quantities of cardamom, which they must sell to coyotes and other middlemen as quickly as possible before the quality degrades. The structures of the industry keep farmers in a weak negotiating position that de-emphasizes quality and stifles farmers’ earning potential.
Our cardamom is grown on one of the only single-estate cardamom farms in Guatemala, which is also one of the only farms to manage the supply chain in its entirety, from cultivation to harvesting, drying and export. They are constantly innovating, experimenting with cloning and other state of the art techniques to produce the finest spice possible.