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Smoked Black Cardamom

Smoky, complex, herbal, resinous and bold.

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Our Smoked Black Cardamom is a complex spice beloved across South and Central Asia. A larger cousin of cardamom, these pods are pink and purple when fresh, and they turn black as they're smoked over an open fire. The flavor is more resinous and bold than that of its softer, sweeter cousins yellow or green cardamom, and it's at its best in dishes that cook for hours, so its flavor can soften and meld with the other spices (it pairs well with citrus).

Our Smoked Black Cardamom is ground for easy use. Sprinkle into stews, lentils and sauces for an irresistible smoky, herbal flavor. If you prefer the camphor flavor to shine, add a pinch to a cold dip or salad dressing. It shines when blended with other spices.



Nagaland, India


Sun-dried, then smoked over an open fire

Tasting notes:

Camphor • Menthol • Incense


non gmo clear
non irradiated clear
no preservatives clear
Salt Free

Black cardamom, smoked and ground (Amomum subulatum)

Cooking tips

  • Combine with yogurt, or tahini and lemon juice, for a smoky dip for veggies
  • Sprinkle some into a braise or pot roast
  • Add a pinch to slow-cooked lentil or meat stews for a smoky, deep flavor


Our black cardamom is grown by a group of farmers led by Sahu Saioji in Silma Marak, in the Garo Hills region of Meghalaya in northeastern India. The farmers are part of a Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) that provides services and support in the form of marketing, processing and technical services.

After it's harvested, the cardamom is cleaned by hand, then separated and dried using the traditional Bhatti system — the cardamom pods are placed on bamboo mats over an open wood fire. This technique dries the cardamom and gives it a deep, smoky flavor. Once it's smoked, it is finely ground.


While we do not make any health claims on any of our spices, there has been some historic and recent evidence that cardamom can potentially be helpful for:

  • Antimicrobial & Antifungal Properties: Cardamom shows natural antimicrobial and antifungal properties. (ABC) 
  • Anti-Cancer & Immune System Benefits: The components of cardamom may provide anticancer and immune system benefits and cytotoxic properties. (ABCDE
  • Blood Sugar Control & Diabetes: Studies show possible benefits for both short- and long-term glucose control, and possible benefits for pre-diabetic individuals.(ABC) 
  • Cholesterol Reduction: Reduction of triglycerides and possible improvement in both LDL and HDL levels.  (ABC) 
  • Preventing Tooth Decay & Infections: May help prevent tooth decay and periodontal infections.(AB) 
  • Reducing Nausea & Vomiting: Topical essential oil mixtures including cardamom show potential to reduce nausea and vomiting postoperatively, and aromatherapy reduces chemotherapy-induced and pregnancy induced nausea. (AB)

Further clinical studies are warranted and in progress. Please always consult your healthcare provider. This is not intended as medical advice.

how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?



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