Cardamom The “Queen of Spices”
Cardamom, known as the “Queen of Spices” is a perennial herbaceous plant with a pseudo stem and thick irregular shaped rhizomes. Cardamom grows wild in the Western Ghats of Southern India and was introduced to Sri Lanka by Muslim merchants who settled in the island. Dried fruit or Cardamom capsule is traded as a spice. There are several commercial grades of cardamom including whole cardamom as primary products in spice trade, ground form as secondary processed products and in the form of extractions of oil and oleoresin as value added products.
Cardamom is mainly used in the food industry as a flavouring agent. Cardamom Oil is used for flavouring of beverages and drinks such as coffee and tea.
Cardamom can be found in central hill country of Sri Lanka where elevation is 600M above sea level. Kandy, Matale, Kegalle, Nuwara Eliya, Rathnapura and a part of Galle are the major growing districts.
Cardamom Cultivation in sri lanka
Can be found in central hill country of Sri Lanka where elevation is 600M amsl. Kandy, Matale, Kegalle, Nuwara Eliya, Rathnapura and a part of Galle are the major growing districts.
Lanka Light Green – 1
Lanka Light Green – 2
Lanka Non Specified
Cardamom is graded into following 5 categories according to the SLS 166:7980 standards.
|Lanka light green-1
||Slightly light Green
|Lanka light green -2
|Lanka non specified