Cardamom Pods Brown Indian
Brown cardamom pods are dark brown in colour and are oval pods about 2.5cm long.
The aroma is camphor-like and smokey, quite different to the better known green cardamom. Brown cardamom gives a delicious smokey taste to marinades for tandoori-style cooking and goes well in butter chicken.
This is not interchangeable with green cardamom in recipes.
Other Common Names: Bastard Cardamom, Black Cardamom, Elaichi, Winged Cardamom.
Botanical Name: (Cardamomum amomum)
Health Benefits: Related to ginger, cardamom serves to enhance digestion and soothe digestive discomforts. Cardamom is naturally detoxifying, assisting the kidneys in waste removal, and serving as a diuretic, eliminating impurities burdening the eliminatory organs. Cardamom is a natural means of improving oral health and can help to both freshen breath and health ulcers.