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Cloud Forest Cardamom (Ground Pods)

Sweet and tart ground cardamom pods, reminiscent of summer fruits, fresh herbs and cut grass.

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Our Cloud Forest Cardamom is sweet and tart, reminiscent of summer fruits, fresh herbs and cut grass. It comes straight from a single-estate regenerative farm in the high-altitude cloud forests of Guatemala. The fruit turns yellow as it ripens on the vine and has a softer and sweeter flavor that makes it a perfect upgrade to standard green cardamom.

This ground cardamom is made from whole pods ground into a coarse powder, which has the added benefit of thickening dishes, thanks to the cardamom pod's husk. 

You may need to grind it further into a finer powder texture if it's not going to go through a long cooking process (like with baked goods).



Alta Verapaz, Guatemala


Green cardamom, yellow cardamom, elaichi, hel




Ground cardamom pods (Elettaria cardamomum)

Tasting notes:

Ginger • Apricots • Jungle Flowers

Cooking tips

  • Cook down with fruit juice for a savory/sweet sauce or jam
  • Add to your meat or veggie rub, especially for chicken or lamb
  • Use is cakes, muffins, pastries and other desserts 
  • Sprinkle over oatmeal or into smoothies
“Slightly softer and sweeter, this aromatic cardamom comes from the high-altitude cloud forests of Guatemala."


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Guatemala exports 80% of the world’s cardamom, but the spice is virtually unknown in local markets. It is grown exclusively for export, mostly on tiny plots by indigenous farmers in the country’s remote mountainous region.

Guatemala's cloud forests are ideal for growing cardamom, which thrives in temperate high-altitude environments with plenty of rainfall. The comparatively low temperatures in the mountains during the harvest season (November-January) ensure that the cardamom has very high levels of fragrant essential oils.

Our cardamom is grown on one of the only single-estate cardamom farms in Guatemala, which is also the only farm to manage the supply chain in its entirety, from cultivation to harvesting, drying and export. Cardamom is officially graded only by its size and green color; however, those factors don’t correlate to flavor. This cardamom has a yellow tinge since it's allowed to ripen fully, resulting in softer, fruitier, and overall more complex flavor.

Meet the Farmer: 

Our relationship with partner farmer Don Amilcar in Guatemala is one of our longest-standing and closest farmer partnerships. Maybe he was amused when Ethan first visited the farm in 2016 and hauled back a duffel back full of Don Amilcar's vine-ripened cardamom pods in 2016. We all hoped that would be the beginning of a long partnership... and it was.

In 2020, we brought in more than 20,000 pounds of spices from him, which, among other things, helped him build a new farmhouse. (Last photo, scroll to the end. )

Don Amilcar planted his first cardamom vine when he was 9 years old. In the years since then, he's created the only vertically integrated cardamom operation in Guatemala with his own farm, his own drying facility and now, his own export operation run by his daughter Meyllin.

His farming operation is so impressive and produces cardamom so good that Saveur called him "the farmer shaking up the Guatemalan cardamom trade."

Want to check out his farm? You can watch a short video we made with him here.


While we do not make any health claims on any of our spices, there has been some historic and recent evidence that cardamom can potentially be helpful for:

  • Antimicrobial & Antifungal Properties: Cardamom shows natural antimicrobial and antifungal properties. (ABC) 
  • Anti-Cancer & Immune System Benefits: The components of cardamom may provide anticancer and immune system benefits and cytotoxic properties. (ABCDE
  • Blood Sugar Control & Diabetes: Studies show possible benefits for both short- and long-term glucose control, and possible benefits for pre-diabetic individuals.(ABC) 
  • Cholesterol Reduction: Reduction of triglycerides and possible improvement in both LDL and HDL levels.  (ABC) 
  • Preventing Tooth Decay & Infections: May help prevent tooth decay and periodontal infections.(AB) 
  • Reducing Nausea & Vomiting: Topical essential oil mixtures including cardamom show potential to reduce nausea and vomiting postoperatively, and aromatherapy reduces chemotherapy-induced and pregnancy induced nausea. (AB)

Further clinical studies are warranted and in progress. Please always consult your healthcare provider. This is not intended as medical advice.

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Becky C.
United States United States

Delicious Cardamom for Baking!

Cardamom is one of my absolute favourite spices, and I love to add it to my baked goods. Burlap & Barrel's cardamom is so delicious! I love using it all year, but I especially love it during the holidays when I bake a lot of Scandinavian goodies. (Since this cardamom is more coarsely ground, I definitely recommend grinding it down a little more if you're using it for baking. Well worth that tiny extra step though!)

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Lea V.
United States United States

Great flavor

Nice to find a source for good cardamom - great flavor!

Melanie L.
United States United States

Good Stuff!

I have been working with these spices very recently and they seriously have taken our food to the next level. I use them at home and for my business and it also feels good knowing that the farmer's that have harvested these crops before becoming a spice are being paid fairly to make these spices available to us. Thank you!

United States United States

Cloud Forest Cardamom

Excellent, delicate flavor. I use this daily by adding to my coffee grounds for French press and yogurt. A delight!

Sharon R.
United States United States

Fresh and Flavorful

I have been extremely pleased with the spices from Burlap & Barrel. Spices are fresh, flavorful and fragrant. I can smell and taste the difference between B & B’s spices and other brands. It has made a difference in my cooking. I especially value the focus on using spices from small, independent farmers. I have recommended B & B to my friends and family and will continue to purchase my spices here.

how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?