I've bought black cardamom pods before, but never as good as these. They're very fresh and fragrant and add a slight smokiness to the savory (mostly Indian) dishes they are added to. Really a terrific and underappreciated spice.
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.