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Where should I buy black cardamom?

melissa1 Aug 7, 2013 09:28 PM

I live in Seattle. I haven't been happy with the black cardamom I bought at World Spice (a store that I ordinarily LOVE). Where would you, o other users of black cardamom, recommend I buy it?

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    hankstramm RE: melissa1 Aug 7, 2013 10:03 PM

    An Indian or Fijian store should have it. Penzeys, a spice house online sells it too.

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      mrnelso RE: melissa1 Aug 8, 2013 12:17 AM

      Big John's PFI
      The Souk

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        Daniel RE: melissa1 Aug 8, 2013 09:10 AM

        Worldspice on Western just below Pike Place Market. Worth a trip though available though their website. Best spices and herbs in Seattle!

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          firecracker RE: Daniel Aug 8, 2013 09:19 AM

          Melissa said she isn't impressed with the cardamom she bought at World Spice although she normally loves the store!

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            paulj RE: firecracker Aug 8, 2013 09:24 AM

            I wonder whether the problem was with the store or the spice itself. I've only bought black cardamom once, and use it rarely. It has a smoky taste that is quite different from the green/white.

            Melissa - what other experience have you had with black cardamom? What was wrong with the Worldspice purchase?

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              firecracker RE: paulj Aug 8, 2013 09:33 AM

              I agree paulj. Was it old? Just an off lot?

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                paulj RE: firecracker Aug 8, 2013 09:53 AM

                Serious Eats description of black cardamom
                smoky, brash, bold, funky
                resin and camphor, menthol, slightly minty

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                  melissa1 RE: firecracker Aug 8, 2013 10:03 AM

                  It was a bit stale and dried out. Actually, this discussion has prompted me to call them. I'll tell you how it goes.

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            PAO RE: melissa1 Aug 8, 2013 09:39 AM

            Penzey's has them at 117 Pine or online order. Or you can go to an Indian grocery. I haven't bought black cardamom in a while, so am not sure which stores carry it, but you could try the Souk (Pike Place Market or Pinehurt), Mayuri (2560 152nd Ave NE in Redmond), which is probably the best stocked Indian grocer around here, or there's a little Indian grocer on the Ave, a few blocks south of Ravenna Blvd.

            1. terrier RE: melissa1 Aug 8, 2013 07:30 PM

              World Spice is my go-to, and it is worth calling them as they are more or less the specialists (PFI has bulk spices but I'm willing to pay the modest retail premium for World Spice as they usually have fresher product.)

              That said, Mayuri Grocery (not the restaurant, though it's the same folks) may be interesting and worth a visit. They definitely had black cardamom last time I was there.

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