Cardamom Green Pod
The “queen of spices,” our Green Cardamom is cultivated organically in Guatemala, where the pods are picked by hand just as each ripens between September and early December. Firewood-fueled dryers reduce their moisture content at an optimum temperature so that the pods retain their dark green, lustrous color. The highly aromatic brown-black seeds have a delicately sweet, floral flavor, slightly citrusy with notes of eucalyptus, mint and black pepper.
The seed-like fruit of Egyptian Coriander is collected in summer only when ripe, for the best flavor and aroma. The warm, nutty, slightly sweet and citrusy flavor of coriander seeds doesn’t fully develop until completely dried. These are dried in the shade, which helps protect their color, then cleaned by winnowing and shade-dried further. Our highest- grade seeds are light-colored, round and ribbed, with little splitting and a pleasantly strong aroma.
Our best-quality Star Anise is harvested in the fall in China’s southern Guangxi region. The star-shaped fruit is picked by hand so that flowers and young fruit aren’t damaged. They’re boiled and stirred constantly until the fruit turns completely yellow, then spread on bamboo mats, dried in the sun and flipped occasionally for several days. The star anise becomes shiny brown- red, with a spicy-sweet licorice flavor more potent than aniseed.