Cardamom, sometimes spelt CARDAMON, is the
common name for a spice consisting of whole or ground dried
seeds from a herbaceous perennial of the ginger family.
The reddish brown seeds have a warm, slightly
pungent, and highly aromatic flavor somewhat reminiscent of camphor.
The cardamom seeds are a popular seasoning in
Oriental dishes, particularly curries. the seeds come from the green
fruit of the cardamom plant prior to maturity. Native to the moist
forests of southern India, cardamom fruit may be collected from wild
plants; but most is cultivated in India, Sri Lanka, and Guatemala.
The name cardamom is sometimes applied to other similar spices of the
ginger family used in cuisines of Africa and Asia