Once the pods are carefully harvested, they undergo a meticulous curing process to bring out their exquisite flavors and aromas. Two common methods of curing used are electric dryers and conventional drying using wood-fired heat chambers.
In the electric drying method, the freshly harvested cardamom pods are thoroughly washed and then placed on specially designed meshes. These meshes are then introduced into electric dryers, where hot air is circulated using electric coils. The temperature inside the dryer is carefully controlled, starting at around 60 degrees Celsius and gradually increasing to approximately 80 degrees Celsius. This controlled heating process helps release the natural oils and flavors locked within the pods. The pods are left in the electric dryer for a period of 10-14 hours, allowing them to be evenly and thoroughly cured.
Alternatively, in conventional drying, heat chambers are created using brackets and wood logs to produce a controlled fire. The washed cardamom pods are placed on the meshes within these heat chambers. As the fire burns, hot air is generated, creating the ideal environment for curing. The temperature inside the heat chambers follows a similar pattern as the electric dryers, starting at around 60 degrees Celsius and gradually increasing to approximately 80 degrees Celsius. After reaching the desired temperature, the heat is gradually reduced to around 40 degrees Celsius. This gradual cooling process ensures that the flavors and aromas of the cardamom pods are preserved. The curing process in the heat chambers typically takes around 10-14 hours, allowing ample time for the pods to undergo the transformation necessary for their exceptional quality.
Both electric dryers and conventional drying methods play a crucial role in enhancing the flavors and aromas of Indian Green Cardamom. The carefully controlled heat and air circulation in these curing processes unlock the full potential of the cardamom pods, resulting in the vibrant green color, distinct aroma, and bold flavor that make Indian Green Cardamom highly sought after.
At Spice Shuttle, we take pride in our meticulous processing methods, ensuring that every batch of Indian Green Cardamom is cured to perfection. Our commitment to quality and authenticity shines through in every pod, delivering an exceptional spice that adds a delightful touch to your culinary creations.”
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