the cardamom plant

a cardamom plant

the cardamom plant

cardamom pods

these are cardamom pods

cardamom is one of the most expensive spices around, and it’s delicious! Great in curries or to flavour milk for desserts, for example, it’s a great spice to have in the house. It comes in dried green seed pods, and this is what the plant looks like! It belongs to the same family as ginger and turmeric, but it’s a taller plant and instead of the roots what is used are the small seed pods that grow at the base of the plant. I wrote about it in my post on plants of the ginger family (in Spanish) but I’d never seen it before. Now we’re finally acquainted 🙂


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  1. #1 by madasaurusrex on 05/09/2013 - 09:58

    where were you when you found the cardamom growing? i know it’s native to this area, but i haven’t been able to locate any… in chiriqui, panama at the moment.

    • #2 by chihuatepec on 29/10/2013 - 07:29

      I found a single bush it on a private property, but it’s not planted extensively anywhere in Central America except in Guatemala, apparently, and its suitable to the tropical climate here, but its actually native to the Indian subcontinent. Happy travels!

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