Cardamom is well known as a spice used in Indian cooking, and is one of the primary constituents of Garam Masala.
Ingredient: Cardamom Powder Organic (Elettaria cardamomum)
Many varieties of cardamom exist, but there are two genera which include cardamom plants. The first, known scientifically as Ellataria and commonly referred to as green or true cardamom, is found mainly in India. Cardamom grown in Asia is part of the genus Amomum, and goes by an assortment of common names, such as brown cardamom, Java cardamom, Bengal cardamom, Kravan, white cardamom, Siamese cardamom, and red cardamom.
Both Ellataria and Amomum are part if the Ginger family (Zingiberaceae).
As a member of the ginger family, cardamom grows perennially and produces vast, fleshy root structures known as rhizomes. It has large leaves, green and white flowers, an edible but slightly bitter fruit, and large seeds. The seeds contain volatile oil composed of acetic and formic acids. This volatile oil, which makes up about 5 percent of the seed’s mass has aromatic properties which is what makes cardamom so valuable.
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