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bumble Oct 28, 2013 08:53 AM

Where can I find cardamom pods? The Whole Foods on Callowhill had whole cardamom but not the pods. My recipe calls for 10 pods, and it was hard estimating how many of the little seeds make up a pod. And then it was annoying to have to pick out the little seeds instead of a pod in my rice dish.

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    Buckethead Oct 28, 2013 09:08 AM

    the Spice Corner on the Italian Market has them.

    1. sockii Oct 28, 2013 09:53 AM

      Amazon.com

      (Seriously it's where I buy most of my spices these days. I can find all the specialty ones I need, in bulk or small amounts, and with Prime get fast/free shipping.)

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        barryg Oct 28, 2013 11:38 AM

        Vietnamese markets on Washington should have them

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          mookleknuck Oct 28, 2013 12:22 PM

          Any of the South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, etc) markets should have them. Check the store at 42nd and Walnut if you're in the area.

          Head Nut on the Main Line and in the Reading Terminal Market should have them too.

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            doxiemom Nov 1, 2013 07:36 AM

            Penzey's has them. you can check out the store in Chestnut Hill or at www.penzeys.com.

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              Boognish Nov 3, 2013 06:25 AM

              I second Penzey's for most every spice. Generally very high quality. I spend about $100 every winter there, and stock up for the year (I keep them all in a secondary fridge in the basement).

              That said, if I need something quickly, I either visit the Indian grocery on the 4200 block of Walnut or Makkah Market at the corner of 43rd & Walnut. They have a nice selection of inexpensive spices in the back. In fact, they had two varieties of ras al hanout when I visited this week. That place is a little gem.

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              Chefpaulo Nov 2, 2013 07:49 PM

              Out here in Trooper (Ridge Pike at Rt. 363) they were $7.99 for a 1lb. bag at the Indian grocery. Shows the astronomical mark-up on those fancy little spice bottles, eh?
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              1. PattiCakes Nov 7, 2013 01:32 PM

                Just an FYI on the pods:

                I do a lot of sewing, so this is not a big deal for me. I take a big sewing needle & some heavy thread, then run it through the pods to make a string, tying the thread ends together so it looks like a mini necklace. This way, the pods are free to give their cardamom goodness to your dish, but you can fish them out easily before serving.

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                  bumble Nov 7, 2013 01:38 PM

                  What a great tip! Thank you!

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