Cardamom, Ground and use:
(Cardamom belongs to the ginger family spice.) Used in Danish pastries, Saudi Arabian, North African, Asian, and Indian cooking and in spice blends such as garam -masala, curry powder, and berbere. Throughout the Arab world, Cardamom is one of the most popular spices, with Cardamom coffee being a symbol of hospitality and prestige. The spice is also very popular in the Scandinavian countries where it is used more extensively than cinnamon. Delightfully aromatic and sweet, use in Coffee, Cheesecake, Butter Cookies, Sweet Potato Casserole, Gingerbread, Hot Cross Buns, Spiced Coconut Chiffon Pie, Spice Cake, Chicken, tea, meat sauce, soup, and boiled rice. Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance. Black cardamom has a distinctly more Smokey, though not bitter, aroma with a coolness some consider similar to mint. Green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices by weight, but little is needed to impart the flavor. Cardamom is best stored in pod form because once the seeds are exposed or ground they quickly lose their flavor. However, high-quality ground cardamom is often more readily (and cheaply) available and is an acceptable substitute. For recipes requiring whole cardamom pods, a generally accepted equivalent are 10 pods equals 1-½ teaspoons of ground cardamom.