Cardamom, also known as Amomum or Aframomum, is part of the ginger family. It is a very popular spice in Indian, Northern and Central African, Scandinavian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is native to India, Sri Lanka, and is cultivated in Guatemala, Mexico, Indonesia and certain areas in Southern Asia. Much like ginger, cardamom is extremely aromatic and it adds a sweet, rich taste to whatever is being prepared. Caradamom, in ground form, is often mixed with other spices because it’s very expensive in pod form. When cardamom is bought already grounded, much of the flavor and aroma dissipates because the oil has been released.
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