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Cardamom is a spice native to the Middle East, North Africa, and Scandinavia. There are three types of cardamom; green cardamom, black cardamom and Madagascar cardamom. It is best to buy cardamom still in the pods, which are removed and discarded. You can also buy cardamom seeds however; they lose much of their flavor (, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Although uncommon, a cardamom allergy is still possible. If you have an allergic reaction after ingesting cardamom, contact your allergist.

Common Uses:

Cardamom has a strong, unique spicy-sweet taste, which is slightly aromatic. Cardamom is more expensive than average spices.It goes well with chicken, peas, rice, and squash (, nd).

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