decorticated - seeds
whole pods - green pods
ground - seeds
Ground cardamom seed allows for the quick addition of cardamom's warm, citrusy and floral flavor to your dishes. This is the spice in its most ready-to-use form. The outer green husk of the cardamom pod has been broken open and removed, and the black-brown seeds within have been collected and ground.
Ground cardamom is an ideal blending spice that marries well with the classics of Indian garam masalas and Chinese 5-spice mixtures, lending them each a softness yet an assertive citrus edge that creates a "umami" of spice combinations. Overall, it adds a tang with a softness that is never bitter.
Ground cardamom is an excellent spice to dust over coffee or tea lattes. It's as pretty as it is flavorful.
Special note: Our spice is ground from the seeds only, and may be stronger and more potent than other samples, as it is also common for many vendors to include the husk when milling cardamom into powders. In general with cardamom the rule is "a little goes a long way"; our seed-only grind will render this sentiment even more accurate.
Though green cardamom pods are the most familiar to Americans, cardamom also can be found in black and white varieties. Though the term white cardamom is often (but not always) in reference to a bleached version of the green cardamom pods; black cardamom is a different species Amomum subulatum.