Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cardamom - The forgotten Spice

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Cardamom - The Forgotten Spice

Many people  have either never heard of Cardamom or have never tried it.  CardamoM can also be spelled CardamoN -  both are correct.  Cardamom is native to India and is the third most expensive spice in the world (after saffron & vanilla).  

I use Cardamom when I cook curry and I just love it!  However, my mother-in-law said that her Swedish mom & grandmother used Cardamom in many of their Swedish baked goods (I will be sharing one of those recipes with you in a few weeks).

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To me Cardamom has a peppery taste with a hint of cloves & a little cinnamony flavor - It is worth trying if you haven't tried it before!

It is cheaper to buy Cardamom in the pod than to buy already ground.  I use the entire pod when I am cooking most curry dishes but when I bake with Cardamom I peel the pod away & separate the black seeds (see picture below).  After that I use a rolling pin to grind the seeds for baking (see the top picture above) (you may also use a mortar & pestle or a coffee grinder for this step).

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 Cardamom is also healthy - it aids in digestion, stimulates the metabolism, has detoxifying properties, improves blood circulation to the lungs and can help if you have a sore throat (again - I'm not a doctor - please see my "disclaimer" at the bottom of this post).

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  1. Hello!
    I was going to say, cardamom is pretty everyday for me but that's mainly due to the "traditional swedish baking" part. It is sooooo nice! I am looking forward to the recipes though!

    It's also pretty good if you pop a pod in a tea when brewing - apparentely very good for headaches, I just know it tastes fab!

    If you grind it yourself it also is SO MUCH MORE FLAVORSOME!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I've never even heard of it. I will have to look for it.


  3. In my kitchen this is not a forgotten spice!! I use it often! :)

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  4. Hi stopping in from the blog hop, I have never tried this I will have to give it a try. I do curry sometimes, I will have to try it. Very informative.

  5. I have never heard of it. Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble :)

  6. I love cardamom in Turkish coffee, it gives a bit of spicy depth :) Happy Easter and thanks so much for sharing this on WNWNW, I’ve pinned it.

  7. I love Cardamom and am actually making a Pineapple Cake today, which I already cooked the pineapple in a cardamom syrup :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !


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