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Nov 23, 2009 08:27 AM

Difference between black and green cardamon?

I'm making some Indian dishes and only have black cardamon. One recipe calls for green ones. Is there a huge difference?

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  1. Yes, a very big difference. If the recipe calls for green, get green. Green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices on the planet for a reason.

    "There several related plants in genera Amomum, Aframomum and Alpinia, many of which have aromatic seeds; these may appear as cardamom substitute or adulteration, although the flavours of most of them differ markedly from true cardamom. Some of these have a eucalypt-like flavour worth dealing with in their own right (see black cardamom)"

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    1. re: scott123

      Thanks for the clarification. I was able to find inexpensive green cardamom at my local Asian grocery store.