Cardamom (Elettaria cardimomum) is a plant in the ginger family. The seed, and sometimes the crushed pod, is used to flavor many dishes and beverages, including curries, pickles and chai tea. The oil in the seed dissipates quickly when it is released from the pod, so it’s best to store the pods and remove the seeds as needed.
Allow fresh cardamom pods to dry in the sun. If you have a drying screen, place them in a single layer on the screen and run a fan, set on low, over the tops of them.
Store the cardamom pods in an airtight container until you are ready to use them.
Remove the seeds from the cardamom pod by placing the pod in the mortar and pounding it with the pestle. Use gentle pressure and the pod should pop open, releasing the seeds.
How to Season Edamame
How to Oven-Dry a Bitter Gourd
How to Add Fresh Cranberries to Any ...
How to Blanch, Peel, & Freeze Whole ...
How to Eat Hickory Nuts
How to Grind Habanero Peppers
How to Store Brussels Sprouts
How to Dry Jalapenos
How to Substitute Dried for Fresh Dill ...
How to Cook Dried Chickpeas Without a ...
How to Freeze Edamame Soybeans
How to Blanch Cashews
How to Refresh Dried Fruits: Raisins
How to Convert Sour Pickles to Sweet ...
How to Keep Pomegranate Fresh
How to Roast & Freeze Habanero and ...
How to Roast Maple and Brown Sugar ...
How to Eat Hazelnuts
How to Store Your Fresh Cut Kale
How to Freeze Ramps & Wild Leeks
Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.