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What is this? Please help identify....


Monday, February 18, 2013

I bought an exquisite spicy tea, and I'm so curious about these small pods that are included in it.
Second pic shows after I cut it open and scraped out some seeds. What is it?




I bought this tea instead of getting a manicure. It's that delicious.

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MIRRORBALLMOON 2/18/2013 11:25PM

    Cardamom - yum - popular in Indian chais and lassis!

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SCHNOOTIE 2/18/2013 8:48PM

    Oh, I looooove Teavana Tea!! Great idea for a reward. We have a store at our mall, and I just go there to inhale the wonderful scents of tea :)

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-LINDA_S 2/18/2013 7:03PM

    Sorry I didn't get in there first! Cardamom, indeed!

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DJ4HEALTH 2/18/2013 4:53PM

    Glad you got your answer and nice to know what it is too.

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GRACEMCDOG 2/18/2013 3:39PM

    Cardamom is second only to saffron as the most expensive spice in the world. That's why those tiny tins of chai cost ten bucks. But it's worth it. Try breaking open one of the pods and grinding up the seeds in a mortar and pestal. It will add a nice zing. Cardamom is very popular in Scandinavia, used in lots of pastries, etc. Many types of curry include it.

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VW_STEPH 2/18/2013 1:36PM

    Was just about to contribute to the answer, but you already got it below! :)

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-POOKIE- 2/18/2013 1:13PM

    It's cardamom :)

It's used lots in Indian foods, both sweet and savoury.

I love it, I use it a lot, I just used some in making my wedding cake in fact!

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BMELT2013 2/18/2013 1:13PM

    cardamom pods

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/18/2013 1:10PM

    Just found it - cardamom
http://www.smithtea.com
/ingredients/cardamom/

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/18/2013 1:07PM

    Hmm - I don't know.

But I love the idea of a special tea to pamper yourself. I want to remember that one. I am so bad at rewards!

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