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Black cardamom seeds are the small, black seeds contained within the pods of the black cardamom plant, which is a member of the ginger family. Unlike green cardamom, which is more commonly used in cooking and baking, black cardamom has a smoky and earthy flavor that makes it popular in savory dishes.

Black cardamom seeds are often used as a spice in Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian cuisine. They can be ground into a powder and used to flavor curries, stews, and other dishes, or used whole to infuse flavor into soups and broths.

In traditional medicine, black cardamom seeds have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive issues, respiratory problems, and urinary tract infections. Some studies have also suggested that black cardamom may have potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

To use black cardamom seeds in cooking, gently crack open the pods to release the seeds, then grind them using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Be sure to use the seeds in moderation, as they have a strong flavor and can easily overpower other spices and ingredients.

Overall, black cardamom seeds are a flavorful and versatile ingredient that can add depth and complexity to a wide range of dishes. They also offer potential health benefits and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries.

Herb Specifications

  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 9 - 10
  • Height: 60 inches
  • Bloom Season: Early to mid summer
  • Bloom Color: Yellowish white
  • Environment: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Well drained soil, nutrient rich
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Latin Name: Amomum Subulatum 

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 77 - 86F for 4 - 5 weeks, then 36F for 2 - 3 weeks
  • Average Germ Time: 42 - 80 days
  • Light Required: No
  • Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 36 - 60 inches

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The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have and before beginning any herbal regimen.