Black Cardamom Pods

Black Cardamom Pods
Black Cardamom Pods
Black Cardamom Pods Black Cardamom Pods
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Smoky, spicy, savory, soothing Black Cardamom Pods deliver the highs and lows of edgy flavor. Smoked over a fire, the pods are a cross-section of wood and flame as their leathery exteriors take on characteristics that are almost bacony…but different. There’s a bit of deep, funky tar amid the smoke, and a touch of dark, tangy citrus fruit tucked in for sweet measure. The inner, pyramidic seeds take on some depth from the fire but primarily retain their biting, crisp menthol. Black Cardamom Pods are roughly 3.5% volatile oil by weight with more than 40 compounds identified as contributing factors to taste and smell the volatile oil provides, which accounts for their rich and complex flavor.

Black cardamom is a relative of green cardamom, but it’s distant. Both types of cardamom are members of the Zingiberaceae family, which means they’re related to ginger, as well. These fragrant black pods are about twice as large—and twice as thick—as their green cardamom cousins. While cardamom are indigenous to India and black cardamom selectively grows in the Himalayan region of India and into Nepal, relatives of cardamom can be found in Africa. “Ethiopian cardamom” is found in eastern Africa and Eritrea, and has a more gentle flavor that resembles green cardamom. Grains of Paradise can be found in western Africa, and we can see the resemblance to cardamom by the pods this spice grows in and the hard, triangular seeds that line the pods.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Black Cardamom Pods are best used by including them whole into a dish; they can be toasted to wake up the volatile oils and then crushed to allow the full flavors of the pod an inner seeds to be released. Remove pods before serving. This spice is best used in simmered dishes that will cook for a while, to allow the flavors to extract out of the pod. Use it in classic Indian dishes like rogan josh or Kashmiri biryani. Give potatoes a spicy kick with a potato and green pea curry. Pickle carrots or onions with black cardamom pods. Add to a pot of beans for a meaty-tasting vegetarian spice. Infuse Black Cardamom Pods into simple syrup and steep for two days for a smoky gourmet cocktail mixer.

Green cardamom pods may be substituted for black cardamom pods, though the dish will lack the smokiness of the black cardamom. Black cardamom can never substitute for green cardamom.

There are approximately one dozen black cardamom seeds per pod.

Our Black Cardamom Pods were cultivated in India.

This product is certified kosher.


Hungry for more information?

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*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.6 out of 5
5 total ratings.

Alison S. (Verified buyer) 09/21/2021
Good flavors So I had a house fire and had to replace everything I had. This includes all my spices. I chose to replace everything with SpiceInc. products. I do not regret my decision. I have not gotten to try out all of them yet but I have used quite a few and they are great! You can smell the freshness when you open them. None of that bland what could it be spices from the grocery store. Definitely give them a try you won’t regret it.

Tina H. (Verified buyer) 10/16/2020
I am in love with this spice! l learned of this company & spice from a recipe on line for a beauty products. I make my own scrubs and was looking for a new scent. I love this spice! It pairs well with others. These coffee & Cardamom scrubs smell sooo good.

Aaron (Verified buyer) 08/13/2012
Cardamom Black Whole What a unique flavor! I wasn't expecting it to be so different than the typical cardamom seeds but there is a very big difference!

Robert S. (Verified buyer) 03/10/2021
Black cardamom pods I use in bean soup. one pod (the inner seeds) per quart and a half of soup. Haven't made any lately.

bill m. (Verified buyer) 01/31/2019
black cardamom pods I don't like the black cardamom, too smokey, it was mistakenly purchased. Not a quality problem, product quality was fine. Green cardamom was the flavor i was looking for. Got some last order.