Black Cardamom Pods, Whole

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Our whole fresh black cardamom pods are sourced in the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas. Open a package and the first thing you'll notice is the smokiness. That's because they're dried over a slow fire.

We give you access to the exact same black cardamom that we regularly supply to Michelin star chefs across the country.

Black cardamom adds serious depth and complexity to Indian dishes. But don't confuse black cardamom with green cardamom. Black cardamom is smoky, earthier and and has less camphor notes.

Use a mortar and pestle to open the shells and release the moist and aromatic seeds inside. 

Complements meat, rice and North Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka and lamb curry.

One other thing I want you to know. This cardamom and all of our spices are unbelievably fresh because we buy right from the farms in India in small batches. Nothing ever sits. You'll see what I mean the moment you open the package.

  • Fresh whole black cardamom pods dried over a slow fire
  • From a small farm at the base of the Indian Himalayas
  • Smoky, bold, complex flavors
  • Complements meats, rice and North Indian curries
  • Spice sealed in food-grade mylar bag
  • Packaged in resealable kraft tube
Regular Non-Rush Delivery starts at just $3.95. It's very reasonable. (Our E-Gift Cards, delivered by email, have no shipping fees.) Shipping is darn fast too. Almost all orders arrive in just a few days. (Allow an extra day or two during the holidays.) Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Would hate for you to be unhappy. The world has enough unhappiness. We're here to make you happy. Okedoke?

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Customer Reviews

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super smoky and yum <3

i was looking for black cardamom seeds to round out some flavors for a chai blend i was making and stumbled across the reluctant trading experiment.

if you are thinking of getting black cardamom, i can't recommend these ones enough! they arrived promptly with a note thanking me for my order. i opened the silver package that came enclosed in the cardboard tube and i was hit with a really smoky, musky, maybe almost tobacco aroma. like pure campfire. it is really great.

i threw just a few pods into my chai blend because a little goes a really long way here. i only got a 2oz tube but foresee these lasting me awhile. they are fresh and excellent and add a very nice depth to chai, but i am excited to reserve the rest of them for more savory applications. they grind well but are still a little soft--not overly hard and stale.

customer service from reluctant trading is also really excellent! if you are looking to give black cardamom a shot, i urge you to start here.