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Nutrition and buying tips: Cardamom

cardamom pods
Regency Grade Cardamom (Green) Pods

All values below are per 1 tsp (2g) of grounded cardamom. Be sure to freshly grind to get the most out of your spices!

Proximates
Water 0.17g
Energy 6kcal
Protein 0.22g
Total lipid (fat) 0.13g
Carbohydrate, by difference 1.37g
Fiber, total dietary 0.6g

Minerals
Calcium, Ca 8mg
Iron, Fe 0.28mg
Magnesium, Mg 5mg
Phosphorus, P 4mg
Potassium, K 22mg
Sodium, Na 0mg
Zinc, Zn 0.15mg

Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.4mg
Thiamin 0.004mg
Riboflavin 0.004mg
Niacin 0.022mg
Vitamin B-6 0.005mg
Vitamin B-12 0.00µg
Vitamin A, RAE 0µg
Vitamin A, IU 0IU
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg
Vitamin D 0IU

Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.014g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.017g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.009g
Cholesterol 0mg

Tips on buying quality Cardamom

Our recommendation is to eat Green Cardamom Pods. These are the original, ancient species of Cardamom that has been growing in India for centuries. It carries a much richer and sweeter flavour than other cardamom varieties such as White Cardamom. Cardamom Pods come in many sizes, the largest sizes (assuming they are naturally grown!) tend to be the most filled with nutrients, as these have had sufficient time to absorb more minerals from the earth. Large, artifically grown pods don’t differ much in total nutrition per pod, so they are actually less nutritions per g when bigger! Be sure to buy as natural as possible to benefit the most. In case you’re unsure, please refer to our quality and grade standards here when buying good quality Cardamom pods.

Data taken from United States Department of Agriculture

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