Sometimes, when I start writing about an interesting subject, I just keep going. And going. And going. And then I have to split one blog into two, and then everyone is like, come on Kate, get real. No one has that much to say about cardamom. Except that I do, and I even cut parts. SO NOW WHAT.
Cardamom Part One Cardamom and the flavor of life: It’s the little things that stay with you.
Cardamom Part Two Expat life, cooking, and why I had to bake a cake.
So. Did you know that Scandinavia is the number two most important import market for cardamom in the world, second only to the Middle East? (India is huge on cardamom, but they’re a producing country, so they’re not in the running.) Also, did you know that the per capita consumption of cardamom in Sweden is 60% higher than in the United States? And then there’s a recipe in the second post.
And oh my goodness. Grind your own cardamom. It is, in the Queen’s English, da bomb diggity. Mmmhmmm.
And here’s some extra-special director’s cut stuff.
- There’s a Norwegian children’s book called When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town about (as Wikipedia explains) the peaceful town of Cardamom (Kardemomme in Norwegian) and the people there, including three robbers, Casper, Jasper, and Jonathon, who stir up trouble.
- In Cambodia and jutting into Thailand (again, as Wikipedia says), there is a mountain range called the Cardamom Mountains (Krâvanh Mountains). These mountains are largely inaccessible, which helped preserve it during different periods in Cambodia’s history and prevented these Neolithic jar sites from being destroyed. [I'm basically just paraphrasing Wikipedia right now.] The jars have the bones of dead people in them… possibly dead Cambodian royalty.
- There are two kinds of cardamom: green and black.
- In Sweden, a famous humor writer and playwright wrote under the nom de plume Kar de Mumma, which is Swedish for cardamom. Born 1904, died 1997. I don’t get the joke behind his name, but he was probably funny anyway.