Firmenich sources Cardamom in Guatemala through a leader of Cardamom essential oil located in Central America, Nelixia. Firmenich is a minority stakeholder of Nelixia who is also a Naturals Together™ partner.
Along Nelixia and a local NGO, Firmenich has implemented a long-term sourcing project on a responsible basis. The focus is on Cerro san Gil area, a natural reserve where deforestation is critical. The project managed to increase local communities’ empowerment and incomes by reorganizing the supply chain without external intermediaries and establishing a drying facility easily accessible for Q'eqchis communities.
Trees have been planted for reforestation, offering a diversification of revenues for farmers and shade for cardamom fields, which increases the crop yield.
Benefits in use
The cardamom Guatemala essential oil can be used in various spice blends or savory flavors. It also brings a typical minty floral, and woody effect to various fruit flavors, and freshness to citrus compositions.
Did you know ?
The raw material is extracted from the seeds and pods