I buy cardamon in bulk from one of my favorite stores, New Seasons.
I love the fragrance and taste.
Running low, I added it to my grocery list.
Without thinking, I put a few large scoops in a plastic bag.
When I weighed it and saw the price, I was shocked.
It’s almost $50 per pound.
Why so much?
I learned that there is a three-year waiting period after planting before cardamon can be harvested. The pods are handpicked.
Also, this higher price could reflect basic supply and demand in global markets.
I needed cardamon and knew that this “stash” would be fresher and probably less expensive than the prepackaged variety.
Arriving home, I put the package aside on my kitchen counter so that I could transfer it to a glass jar to store in my pantry.
I later noticed the fragrance wafting through my house.
I could smell it even upstairs!
The aroma reminded me of chai lattes at Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe in Astoria. This is a destination place for me on the Oregon Coast. Everything is delicious and the service is fantastic.
Yes, fresh cardamon is expensive but worth it as most recipes call for a small amount.
Cardamon coffee, cardamon chai, cardamon cookies…here I come!