Green Cardamom

If pepper is the "King of Spices" then cardamom is the "Queen of Spices". One of the most exotic and highly prized spices, Indian green cardamom or small cardamom (choti elaichi) has a history that is as old as human civilization. The dried fruit of aherbaceous perennial, green cardamom is grown mainly in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, on the shady slopes of the Western Ghats. Warm humid climate, loamy soil rich in organic matter, distributed rainfall and special cultivation and processing methods all combine to make Indian green cardamom truly unique in aroma, flavour and size thus rendering the temping parrot-green colour.

Grade Specifications :
Grade designations and definitions of quality of Alleppey Green Cardamom.

Special characteristics :

Grade designation AGEB AGB AGS
Trade Name Cardamom Extra Bold Cardamom Bold Cardamom Superior
Colour Deep Green, or Light green -do- -do-
Empty and malformed capsules percentage by count (max.) 2.0 2.0 3.0
Immature and shrivelled capsules percentage by weight (max.) 2.0 2.0 5.0
Blacks and splits percent by count (max.) 0.0 0.0 0.0
Size (diameter of the hole in mm) of the sieve on which retained*** 7.0 6.0 5.0
Weight in G/L (min.) 435 415 385

General characteristics :

  • The cardamoms shall be the dried capsules of Ellettaria Cardamomum grown in South South Africa; capsules being three-cornered and having a ribbed appearance.
  • The capsules shall be free from insect infestation and visible mould.
  • Thrip marks alone on the capsules shall not lead to the conclusion that the capsules have been infested with insects.

Packaging :
50 KG PP BAGS

Container Loadability :
12 MT IN 20 FCL

Harvesting Season :August to March

Marketing Season :
August to March