Cardamom, Black (Amomum Subulatum) - 10 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•1 packet grows 3-5 plants
•Can be grown in pots
•USDA Zones: 9-10
Spicy, citrusy, minty… it’s difficult to describe the flavor of cardamom, other than to say it’s delicious. The smell too... it just smells the way men's cologne should smell.
Grow your own Cardmom seeds for this exotic spice. Black Cardamom comes from an herbaceous perennial that is native to India and Asia. It is a culinary herb that is used in Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian cooking. Vikings are said to have taken the spice to Scandinavia where it is used in baking breads and pastries still to this day. In the Arabic culture, Cardamom is used to flavor coffees and teas. The flavor of Black Cardamom is said to be a dark, smoky flavor with a taste of camphor and mint. The Cardamom spice is found in the dried seedpods and seeds. The small, brown-black sticky seeds are contained in pods which are collected just before maturity.
Black Cardamom herb was used in Chinese medicine as a medicinal herb. It was said to treat stomach ailments and malaria. Cardamom is rich in vitamins and minerals. The essential oil is used as an antiseptic and local anesthetic.1
Start the Cardamom seeds indoors in the winter. Put the seeds in a glass jar and cover with 2.5 percent nitric acid solution. Stir for about two minutes, then pour the seeds and acid into a strainer. Rinse the seeds thoroughly. Place the seeds into a bowl and cover with lukewarm water and allow to sit overnight. Likewise, if you're not comfortably using the acid solution, you can can soak them for 10 minutes in hot (175° F) water, allow the water too cool and let them soak overnight in the room temp water. If planting outdoors, plant your seeds ½ to 1 inch apart, about ⅛ inch deep in a partially shady place. They prefer rich humus soil that’s slightly acidic. Alternatively, you can plant cardamom seeds in a pot, so you can bring the plant indoors to overwinter.
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well drained soil, nutrient rich
Average Germ Time: 42 - 80 days
Light Required: No
Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch
Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 36 - 60 inches
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