Herb of the Month: Cardamom, the Queen of Spices

By Maryann Readal, Secretary, The Herb Society of America

cardamomCardamom, Elettaria cardamomum, is called the Queen of Spices because of its many uses as a medicine and as a flavoring in food and drink. It is an important ingredient in Indian cooking and in Scandinavian baking. And– it is the third most expensive spice in the world.

In the ginger family, cardamom is native to India. It grows in my Zone 8b garden but will not flower and produce seeds since it does not have the right growing conditions. Those conditions are rainforest – hot, humid, and shady. Still, its leaves are very aromatic.

Today, Guatemala is the largest producer of cardamom in the world.

To learn more about the Queen of Spices and find recipes using it, go to The Herb Society of America’s Herb of the Month web page.

Each month since 2013, The Herb Society has featured an herb on its Herb of the Month web page, making a wealth of herbal information available to anyone wanting to learn more about herbs.

3 thoughts on “Herb of the Month: Cardamom, the Queen of Spices

  1. Pingback: What Does Cardamom, the ‘Queen of Spices,’ Taste Like? | Bookkeeping Services And Quality Tax, Accounting, Payroll Services- Oakland, CA

  2. Hoppy extracts. We’re a new co2 extract company, looking for medicinal herbs for oil extraction, we’re looking for product and ideas to process. located in the Pacific Northwest, my name is Don Roske would appreciate any input thank you

    On Wed, Feb 20, 2019, 4:15 AM The Herb Society of America Blog The Herb Society of America posted: “By Maryann Readal, Secretary, The > Herb Society of America Cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum, is called the Queen > of Spices because of its many uses as a medicine and as a flavoring in food > and drink. It is an important ingredient in Indian cooking and in Sc” >

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s