Cardamom is the "queen of spices", black pepper the "king". It is not for nothing that both come from the Malabar Mountains on the west coast of India. Our cardamom is not from India, but from Guatemala.

Indian cardamom is primarily intended for domestic use. Only the best fruits are used for our cardamom. The "bold" is the premium quality with cool, uniformly colored fruit boxes. On average, the cardamoms contain around 18 seeds.

The Elettaria is a plant from the ginger family, and, like Mbongo, is closely related to the Chinese (hairy) cardamom, the korarima, the false cardamom and grain of paradise. Green cardamom is the "real" cardamom.

The pods grow on the root of the plant, just above the ground. They do not all ripen at the same time, which makes harvesting long and fairly expensive. For an optimal taste, the way in which the pods are treated after harvesting is essential. During the drying process (air-dried), the taste of the pods develops (or not). Drying makes the paper-like seed coat tough, which prevents the essential oil from evaporating in the red-brown seeds.

Our producer is an umbrella organization for corporations in the Central Highlands of Guatemala. This has existed since 1976, and not only works according to traditional Mayan principles, it also honors democratic values. The world is a gift from the gods, and nature needs to be treated with respect while preserving biodiversity. The 140,000 small farmers united in the organization have a voice, and are financially and logistically supported.

Some of the corporation's projects are nature conservation information, reforestation and health care and education improvement projects, and the promotion of women's participation in all positions within the organization.

Smell and taste

Green cardamom is 'cooler' than the large (black) cardamom and has a clearly different taste palette, determined by 1,8-cineol (eucalyptol), α-terpenil acetate and linalyl acetate:

  • 1,8-cineol, eucalyptol, the refreshing taste of mint (and eucalyptus oil)
  • α-terpenil acetate, a combination of lavender and citrus (bergamot, lime)
  • linalyl acetate, responsible for a pleasant citrus, bergamot and lavender scent,
  • sabines, responsible for the woody, camphor-like taste of, among other things, black pepper, with citrus and pinecone notes
  • linalol *, responsible for the fresh floral scent
  • D-limonene (dipentene), sweetish orange flavor, modestly present in nutmeg and mace,
  • β-myrcene, spicy aroma, with notes of fruits (mango, grape, peach) and mint,


  • 100% dried fruit of the Elleteria cardamomum
  • origin: Guatemala


  • available in pouch and glass
  • pouchescontain 30*, 45*, 60, 150 and 300 grams respectively
  • glass jar contains 45 grams
  • larger quantities on request

Gift packages

  • the cubic box is suitable for packaging one glass jar and is supplied with a sheet of black tissue paper
  • the flat box has a flat 'velvet' inlay, and is suitable for  our small and medium-sized pouches (150 and 250 ml), marked with an arterisk *. Capacity: 4-5 bags, depending on the type of spice
  • for further details (and images) of our gift packaging, please refer to the product page

General advice

  • keep your cardamom in a dry and pretty cool place
  • the expiry date is meant as an indication

Best before

  • february 2022

GMO information
Botanical name
Zingiberaceae (ginger family) Eletteria cardamomum
No additions 100% dried fruit
Allergen information
Contains no allergenes

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Green cardamom

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