Cardamom, known as the "Queen of spices", is widely used in flavors and fragrances, and teas and believed to be as old as civilization.

Nelixia’s products

Fundamentals

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KNOW THE SOURCE

We work with 7 different ethnic groups: Q'eqchi, Kakchiquel, Mam, Poqomchi, Uspanteko, Lenca and Chorti : Representing more than 2,000 cardamom producers.

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INVOLVE AND RESPECT

  • Creation and organization of associations or cooperatives.

  • Pre-financing of producers.

  • Agricultural assistance to improve yields and control chemical use.

  • 22 hectares already reforested in order to:
    • Improve quality and yields.
    • Mitigate climate change.
    • Implementation of agroforestry systems (preserve the soils…).
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EMPOWER COMMUNITIES

Audit and renovations of dehydration ovens to avoid anthraquinone contamination or use of deforestation wood.

Implementation of Stoplight Methodology to more than 80 families in the Cerro San Gil region in Guatemala.
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PRESERVE, PROTECT AND PROMOTE BIODIVERSITY

We partner with FundaEco, one of the most respected Guatemalan NGO in conservation, which is responsible for a huge natural reserve in the Izabal region. We coordinate with them to help growers within their area of influence.

About Cardamom

Botany and Production

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), native from India, was brought to Guatemala more than 100 years ago and grows in the very fertile lands of Las Verapaces, Quiche, Huehuetenango and Izabal regions in Guatemala.

Cardamom is a shrub with leaves of 2 to 3 meters high, comparable to reeds.

Guatemala is the world’s largest producer of cardamom pods. More than 350,000 families cultivate that crop on an estimated surface of 63,000 hectares.

Botany and Production

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), native from India, was brought to Guatemala more than 100 years ago and grows in the very fertile lands of Las Verapaces, Quiche, Huehuetenango and Izabal regions in Guatemala.

Cardamom is a shrub with leaves of 2 to 3 meters high, comparable to reeds.

Guatemala is the world’s largest producer of cardamom pods. More than 350,000 families cultivate that crop on an estimated surface of 63,000 hectares.

Our value chain

Cardamom pods are carefully harvested and hand-picked between september and april. At this stage, the green fruit is called “cereza”. Producers harvest the “cereza” which must be brought in no more than 48 hours to a dehydration oven, where the dried cardamom “pergamino” is produced.

The different colors and sizes of pods represent different qualities. The pods hold around 20 small black seeds, containing the essential oil.

Thanks to its extensive field experience and thorough testing, NELIXIA can select cardamom pods according to its customer's specifications.

Our value chain

Cardamom pods are carefully harvested and hand-picked between september and april. At this stage, the green fruit is called “cereza”. Producers harvest the “cereza” which must be brought in no more than 48 hours to a dehydration oven, where the dried cardamom “pergamino” is produced.

The different colors and sizes of pods represent different qualities. The pods hold around 20 small black seeds, containing the essential oil.

Thanks to its extensive field experience and thorough testing, NELIXIA can select cardamom pods according to its customer's specifications.

Cardamom products

Essential Oil

(Conventional and organic)

Cardamom Absolute

(Conventional and organic) ​

Spices

(Conventional and organic) ​

Essential Oil

(Conventional and organic)

Dried cardamom pods are grinded to allow better oil extraction, before being steam distilled. The oil produced then undergoes a final preparation, to allow it to reach its full aromatic potential.

Our Essential Oil differentiates through its very clean, both fresh and aromatic odor, as well as through its taste that makes you feel like you were chewing a seed.

Cardamom Absolute

(Conventional and organic) ​

Cardamom pods solvent extracted at our new extraction facility in Guatemala.

Spices

(Conventional and organic) ​

Cardamom pods are selected by size, density and color and can undergo various manufacturing (grinding, tea bag cuts…) according to our clients’ specifications.

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