Elettaria cardamomum [Cardamom]

This succulent is easy to grow, attractive and aromatic. The scent is characteristic of the true oreganos and it has numerous culinary and traditional uses.

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Botanical name: Plectranthus amboinicus(formerly Coleus Amboinicus)

Common names: Mexican Mint, Cuban oregano, Indian Borage

Description

Cardamom is the third most expensive spice in the world and has a rich history of use in many countries as part of spice blends, such as masala, and as a crucial ingredient in Scandinavian pastries.

An interesting and crucial piece of cardamom information is that the plant is in the Zingiberaceae family, or ginger. This can be seen in the aroma and flavor. The many uses for cardamom have made it one of the most sought-after of the spices. This forest-dwelling plant is a perennial, which grows from large rhizomes.

Once the seeds are crushed, they release powerful aromatic oils with a flavor reminiscent of ginger, clove, vanilla, and citron.

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