Processing of Cardamom
After harvesting, capsules are dried either in fuel Kiln or electrical drier or in the sun. Soaking freshly harvested green cardamom capsules in 2 % washing soda solution for 10 minutes prior to drying helps to retain original green colour during-drying. Under flue pipe drier, it should be dried at 45-50 °C for 14-18 hours, while over night drying at 50-60°C is required under an electric drier. The capsules are spread-thinly and stirred frequently to ensure uniform drying. The dried capsules are rubbed with hands or agitated to ensure uniform drying. They are winnowed to remove any foreign matter. They are then sorted according to size and colour and stored in black polythene lined gunny bags to retain the green colour during storage. These bags are kept in wooden chambers and sent to market as and when required.