Black Cardamom

Do you know cardamom is the ‘queen of species'? In Nepal, you will find 14 different varieties of cardamom, all with distinct flavours and aromas. Interestingly, Nepal is the world’s largest producer and exporter of highly-prized large cardamom.

Large/big cardamom (also known as black cardamom or black gold), which we call ‘Alainchi’ or ‘Sukumel/Sukmel’ in the Nepali language, stands among the most expensive species in the world. The exceptional cardamom grows in temperatures ranging from 15-25 degrees and at altitudes between 8000 and 2,100 metres.

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Black Cardamom Pods

[for foods, health benefits, and beauty purpose]

Dried over a steamy slow fire, the black cardamom is sour yet smoky flavoured. The black cardamom is generously used in hot-spicy Indian recipes and sometimes in sweet dishes. Superior to the green cardamom, it has impeccable overall health benefits with tiny aromatic black seeds inside it.

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Why Black Cardamom

Without a doubt, black cardamom is an ancient spice with multiple elements and sources. It contains oil content, terpineol, myrcene, limonene, etc as its chemical properties. Additionally, it contains vitamin C, which aids acne-prone skin and better immunity.

Loaded with antioxidant and antiseptic properties, it helps you to be less prone to infections. Also, black Cardamom helps to secret stomach juices that promote improved gut health, reduce bloating, and alleviate the chances of any gastrointestinal disorder.

Cooking with this spice is fun in the kitchen as it intensifies and enhances both the taste and aroma of the dish. In Nepalese culture, it is one of the spices that makes its way to being one of the key ingredients in Garam Masala - a spice powder popularly used in the different Nepalese and Indian recipes.


If you store it in a tightly packed jar, it will easily last for 2-3 years. Therefore, you make sure you choose a jar with tight-fitting lids.

No, cardamom does not contain any caffeine in it - hence it is safe for you to consume it at any time of the day. However, coffee and cardamom do go together and make a great refreshing cup of drink.

Definitely, cardamom is truly beneficial for your immunity since it contains antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Also, it contains Vitamin C and essential oils - which are helpful to maintain glowing and clean skin.

Whenever you go to buy black cardamom - look for the ones with a moist texture, smoky aroma, and sweet flavor. You can easily identify the spoilt ones since they have splits and little to no fragrance.

Yes, it's definitely harmless to chew cardamom, in fact - people consume 2-3 pods for enhanced digestion, refreshed breath, clean palate, and weight loss.

You can either have the pods in the ground or have them as a whole pod. It is best to have it as a whole pod as it contains multiple essential oils that might naturally evaporate within a few minutes or so.

As long as you are consuming cardamom within a limit, it works wonders. However, if you exceed its consumption, you may get diarrhoea and nausea. Although there is no proper recommendation for its daily use, most people prefer to consume around 1 to 3 grams or between 1/4 and 3/4 teaspoons.

Although it is packed with various natural elements and properties, there are still a few groups of people that need to avoid consuming it - like: Pregnant women People who are allergic to spices People taking anticoagulants People having hypoglycemia

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