Cardamom is a green pod which contains black seeds. Those are actually the spice. It belongs to the ginger family. The pods grow in South America but also in the forests, on the slopes of Malabar Mountain in India, a region also called The Cardamom Hills, hence the name Cardamom. This spice is already mentioned in Greek and Roman medicine. It tastes of lemon fruit and pine resin. One may think of "La Vosgienne" sweets, with their candied flavour topped with a fresh note. The aftertaste exhales strong pepper flavours and subtle menthol notes. It has a very strong aroma, which should be used sparingly. However, it is not spicy. In grains, you can use it whole as an infusion or to delicately perfume dishes. Alternatively, you can decide to only use the black seeds inside. To open a cardamom pod, grill it in a skillet for 1 to 2 minutes, until it splits open. You can also perfume your coffee with cardamom, Turkish-style. In Europe, we mainly use cardamom in patisserie: you can add it in ginger bread, marmalade or compote. It goes well with fruits: salads, juices, smoothies but also all your chocolate-based preparations. You can sprinkle some on your vegetables and white meats.
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