Source: Mountain Rose Herbs
Other: Mysore cardamom, ela
Elettaria cardamomum (L.) Maton var. cardamomum
Plant Family: Zingiberaceae
Amomum cardamomum, Elettaria cardamomum var. miniscula, Elettaria cardamomum var. minus
Due to adverse global weather conditions caused by climate change, we are seeing a shortage in cardamom harvests. The limited availability continues to drive up the price of this beloved spice, however, we pledge to continue to watch the market closely and adjust our prices accordingly.
The sweetly aromatic cardamom is the fruit of a tropical plant related to ginger, and is one of the world’s most expensive spices, after saffron and vanilla. Growing cardamom is extremely labor intensive. The tall plants, grown on plantations in Guatemala or India, flower for eight or nine months of the year. Each pod, or capsule, ripens slowly, and must be plucked when it is three-quarters ripe.