Organic Sri Lankan Cardamom

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  • Organic certified Sri Lankan Cardamom (Ceylon Cardamom)
  • Hand picked – premium quality – Ideal for Gourmet cuisine and gifting
  • Premium packaging – Glass Vials or Burlap Pouches
  • Available in grades LG (Lanka Green Cardamom) and LLG (Lanka Light Green Cardamom)
  • Available as Sri Lanka Organic Cardamom Pods, Powder or Capsules
  • Sourced primarily from Micro-Small category farms (Organic)
  • Suitable for Ethnic Stores, Speciality Stores, Gourmet and Health-food Stores
  • Retail and Bulk Packaging available
  • International Shipping available
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Description

Organic Sri Lanka Cardamom – Ceylon Cardamom

Cardamom is an essential spice used in many dishes around the world. But not all cardamom is created equal. Sri Lankan cardamom, also known as Ceylon cardamom, is widely considered to be superior to cardamom from other countries. Here are some of the many reasons why Organic Sri Lankan cardamom is the best choice for those seeking high-quality cardamom.

Origin and Climate for Organic Sri Lanka Cardamom

Sri Lanka is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean with a tropical climate, ideal for growing spices. Cardamom was introduced to Sri Lanka by Arab traders in the 12th century and has been cultivated in the country for centuries. Today, Sri Lanka is one of the top producers of high-quality cardamom in the world.

Three types of Cardamom are found in Sri Lanka and they’re categorized based on the shape of the inflorescence.

  • Malabar – Inflorescence is prostrate
  • Mysore – Inflorescence is vertical
  • Vazhukka- Inflorescence is inclined

 

Unique Flavor Profile

Sri Lankan cardamom has a unique flavor profile that sets it apart from other types of cardamom. It is known for its intense aroma, bold flavor, and subtle sweetness. Sri Lankan cardamom has a high essential oil content, which contributes to its distinctive flavor and aroma.

Quality Standards and Regulations

Sri Lanka has strict quality standards and regulations in place for its cardamom industry. The country’s cardamom is certified organic, which means that it is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. This ensures that the cardamom is free from harmful chemicals and is safe for consumption.

Research References

Research has shown that Sri Lankan cardamom contains higher levels of essential oils compared to other types of cardamom. Essential oils are responsible for the unique flavor and aroma of cardamom, making Sri Lankan cardamom a top choice for those seeking high-quality cardamom.

In a study conducted by the Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka, it was found that Sri Lankan cardamom had significantly higher levels of essential oils compared to Indian and Guatemalan cardamom. The study also found that Sri Lankan cardamom had a superior flavor profile and was preferred by consumers.

How Cardamom is used

  • Used as a spice in various cuisines around the world, particularly in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian cuisine
  • Added to coffee or tea to enhance flavor
  • Used to flavor baked goods such as cookies, cakes, and breads
  • Added to spice blends such as garam masala and ras el hanout
  • Used to flavor rice dishes such as biryani and pulao
  • Used in savory dishes such as curries, stews, and soups
  • Chewing on cardamom pods can freshen breath and aid digestion
  • Ground cardamom is sometimes used as a natural remedy for bad breath or as a mouthwash
  • Used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to aid digestion and as a natural remedy for respiratory issues
  • Used in perfumes and fragrances for its sweet, spicy scent.

Product Specifications

 

MOQ:12 Kg
Available in:10g, 40g, 100g, 250g, 500g +
Package type:Kraft Paper Packs, glass vials and burlap pouches
Also available:Sri Lanka Organic Cardamom Pods

Sri Lanka Organic Cardamom Powder

Sri Lanka Organic Cardamom Capsules

Price per pack:For retail prices, please check with your local vendor. Email us for bulk order prices and packaging options.
Nett weight: Multiple options available
Gross weightSee above
Origin:Made in Sri Lanka
Type: Branded or Unbranded
Private Labelling:Available
Custom Sizes:Available
Brandname: Goodfolks
Handling type:As per specifications
Ingredients:100% natural organic grade Cardamom
Region Nutrition Information:N/A
Colour of product:Green
Product Grade: LG Lanka Green Cardamom

LLG Lanka Light Green Cardamom

Max Moisture: Test Reports available for wholesale orders
Shelf Life:24 Months
Directions for storage:Store in cool dry place (at room temperature) to avoid affecting taste and consistency
Directions for use:N/A
Special Notes:Specify grade when ordering
Why GoodfolksGoodfolks Ethical Spices are sourced directly from farmers who belong to the Micro & Small Farming Sectors and are usually (due to their scale) unable to obtain a fair price. The price we pay encourages more home gardens to develop to international standards leading to positive impacts for the rural economy and the immediate environment.
Goodfolks Reassurance:Minimum waste packaging

Produced to organic, sustainable and ethical standards

Health Benefits

 

Here are some of the health benefits of cardamom with sources to support them:

  1. Digestive health: Cardamom has traditionally been used to aid digestion in Ayurvedic medicine. Research suggests that the essential oils in cardamom can help increase the production of digestive enzymes, which can aid in digestion and reduce bloating and indigestion. (Source: Asaduzzaman et al., 2018)
  2. Oral health: The antimicrobial properties of cardamom may help prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause bad breath and other oral health issues. A study published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology found that chewing cardamom seeds helped reduce halitosis (bad breath) in study participants. (Source: Al-Dabbagh et al., 2019)
  3. Anti-inflammatory properties: Cardamom contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce inflammation and swelling in the body. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that cardamom extract reduced inflammation and oxidative stress in rats with colitis. (Source: El-Mekkawy et al., 2019)
  4. Lower blood pressure: Some studies have found that cardamom may help lower blood pressure, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. A study published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics found that consuming cardamom powder daily for 12 weeks helped reduce blood pressure in study participants with hypertension. (Source: Verma et al., 2009)
  5. Antioxidant properties: Cardamom is a rich source of antioxidants, which can help protect the body against cellular damage caused by free radicals. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that cardamom extract had potent antioxidant activity in vitro. (Source: Shan et al., 2005)
  6. Respiratory health: The expectorant properties of cardamom may help clear mucus from the airways and improve breathing in people with respiratory issues such as asthma. A study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology found that cardamom essential oil had bronchodilatory effects in guinea pigs, suggesting that it may help improve airflow in the lungs. (Source: Gilani et al., 2015)
  7. Blood sugar control: Some studies have found that cardamom may help improve blood sugar control, which can benefit people with diabetes. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that cardamom extract helped improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels in rats with diabetes. (Source: Al-Rasheed et al., 2014)

These are some of the health benefits of cardamom supported by scientific research. However, it’s important to note that more studies are needed to fully understand the effects of cardamom on human health

 

Impact

Community

The traditional supply chain of cardamom in Sri Lanka is characterized by small holder cultivations, decentralized purchasing, low quality product purchases and sales and the presence of a number of intermediaries who extract a share of the benefits that should accrue to the producers. By going direct to the farmer and collecting the spices, we are able to offer a better price that they would not otherwise get (most direct sales happen to a wholesale buyer in a nearby town).

These communities are also unaware of the level of sophistication demanded by the exporter market. We educate them on these requirements and train these farmers to offer a premium product that meets the stringent quality considerations of exports. Finally the process of picking cardamom can be dangerous. We believe that paying a price that would help these farmers upgrade their quality of life is the right thing to do, especially considering the dangers and challenges involved.

 

Environment

Cardamom is an important spice crop in Sri Lanka. Like any agricultural crop, the cultivation of cardamom has both positive and negative environmental impacts. Negative impacts include deforestation, soil erosion and water pollution. Whilst organic cultivation is helping to overcome these negative impacts the Goodfolks approach is to encourage the cultivation of cardamom as a mixed crop and in home gardens.

 

Product

Under the SLS (166: 1980) standard, cardamom is graded into five main categories – LG, LLG 1, LLG 2, LB and LNS. Cardamoms are graded on the basis of color, splits per cent by count and mass in grams per litter. The cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) should be a nearly ripe fruit with capsules which have been dried. The capsules color range from light green to brown, cream and white. Goodfolks offers LG and LLG varieties while conforming to all major quality assurance guidelines.

 

Source Areas

Sri Lanka is known for producing high-quality cardamom, which is a popular spice in local and international cuisines. The following are some of the major cardamom growing regions in Sri Lanka:

  1. Kandy: The Kandy district is located in the central province of Sri Lanka and is one of the main cardamom growing regions in the country. The climate in Kandy is ideal for cardamom cultivation, with high rainfall and cool temperatures.
  2. Matale: The Matale district is also located in the central province and is another major cardamom growing region. The fertile soil and high altitude of the region make it ideal for the cultivation of high-quality cardamom.
  3. Nuwara Eliya: Nuwara Eliya is a district in the central province of Sri Lanka that is known for its tea plantations as well as cardamom cultivation. The cool climate and hilly terrain of the region provide the ideal conditions for growing high-quality cardamom.
  4. Badulla: The Badulla district is located in the Uva province of Sri Lanka and is a major cardamom growing region. The region’s high altitude and fertile soil make it ideal for the cultivation of high-quality cardamom.
  5. Kegalle: Kegalle is a district in the Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka and is another major cardamom growing region. The region’s moderate climate and fertile soil make it ideal for the cultivation of high-quality cardamom.

These are just some of the major cardamom growing regions in Sri Lanka. The country’s unique climate and geography make it an ideal place for growing high-quality cardamom that is prized for its aroma and flavor.

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