Mitakawani Yellow Cardamom


(5 customer reviews)

Aromatic with a hint of herbal warmth, this single origin cardamom is grown completely organically and dried in the Zanzibari sun by our partner small-hold farmers.

Note: Current 2022 autumn harvest comes in 40g jars (although label still states 30g). Same price, more cardamom!


Flavour Notes:

Floral - Mint - Fresh Straw


This cardamom might not look like your usual bright green cardamom, but fear not – this is completely normal! Mitakawani cardamom is grown completely organically and has little scars on its outer shell which are accumulated during its lifetime as a little organic cardamom pod.

The cardamom here is harvested when completely ripe and then dried in the sun, as has been the process for generations. Unlike a lot of commercially available green cardamom, no chemicals or commercial dryers are used to maintain the bright green colour.

Due to this natural process and the tropical temperatures, the pods turn straw yellow. While this method is seen as primitive by some of the bigger producers, these communities make use of this sustainable energy source (the sun) and prevent deforestation, avoiding the use of kiln-fired drying chambers or huge amounts of electricity and gas.

In Zanzibar, all milk (whether it is dairy or plant-based like coconut) products are flavoured with this cardamom. Just boil a few crushed pods with your milk of choice for a few minutes to give it an incredible sweet, floral flavour. It’s also brilliant in any kind of Scandinavian pastry or you can even try it in some savoury dishes.

5 reviews for Mitakawani Yellow Cardamom

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  1. Julie Godfrey (verified owner)

    We decided to try the chai & top up on cardamom. Beautiful packaging & as delicious as expected. Love that they’re working with local Zanzibari farmers. We know the owners and the passion they have had for years to help Zanzibari farmers get a good and fair deal for their hard work and excellent quality spices. Can thoroughly recommend!

  2. Paul B. (verified owner)

    Amazing quality. I’ve never seen cardamom pods like these before.

  3. Ben M. (verified owner)

  4. Nic (verified owner)

  5. Sue H. (verified owner)

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Who grew our Mitakawani Yellow Cardamom?
Our village cooperative in
Right in the middle of the Southern island of Unguja lies the small village of Mitakawani. Far removed from any lucrative tourist spots, they are completely reliant on spice farming.Since most of the people here only have small plots of land, they tend to mix their relatively small harvests together and share the profits.

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