Cardamom, Red (Cao Guo)

Red cardamom / Cao Guo / False cardamom / Tsaoko fruit / Chinese black cardamom

Red Cardamom - also known as Cau Guo or Chinese Black Cardamom, has an earthy and gently smoky aroma. It is popular in regional Chinese cuisines. Delicious in slow cooked meat dishes and Vietnamese pho.
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Actually a variety of black cardamom these ribbed and variegated, nutmeg-sized cardamom pods are known for their earthy, camphor-like flavor and chile pepper aroma. Red cardamom should be grated as such as its flavor builds easily and can overpower a dish.

Also known as false cardamom, tsaoko fruit, and Chinese black cardamom Cao Guo is a vital part of the Sichuan kitchen. In Chinese medicine it is also used for treating digestive problems due to its soothing qualities.

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Basic PreparationPrior to use, grind Red Cardamom fresh for ideal flavor. To create a spiced sugar, use the following rule of thumb: one cup of granulated sugar, add four teaspoons of Ground Cardamom and four teaspoons of Ground Cinnamon and mix well.
Recommended ApplicationsCardamom, a primary ingredient in the blend Ras El Hanout and Baharat, can be paired to flavor sweet or savory dishes. Great applications include Indian and West Asian Curries, sweet meats, rice dishes, fruit desserts, and even tea.
Taste & AromaPungent, Sweet
Product StyleSeeds/Berries
CuisineAsian, Indian, Indonesian, North African, Scandinavian
Handling / StorageTo be stored in a cool, dry place.
Shelf Life3 Years
Country of OriginChina
Dietary PreferencesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Allergen InformationNone Specified


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