Many people wonder which cardamom is best, or what is the difference between green or black, also called brown cardamom.
Green cardamom (Elettaria), also called true cardamom, has a very strong and intense aroma and flavor. Harvested by hand it is the more expensive of the two types. However, due to its stronger flavor, much less can be used. Cardamom is a warming, pungent, slightly bitter, sweet, drying and aromatic.
Black cardamom has a smokier and camphor-like flavor. Black cardamom also has a coolness that is compared to the coolness of mint.
Find out more about Cardamom (Bai Dou Kou – Amomum).