Cardamom

The name cardamom (or cardamon) is used for herbs within two genera of the ginger family Zingiberaceae, namely Elettaria and Amomum. Both varieties take the form of a small seedpod, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin papery outer shell and small black seeds. Elettaria pods are light green in color, while Amomum pods are larger and dark brown. The two main genera of the ginger family that are named as forms of cardamom are distributed as follows: * Elettaria (commonly called cardamom, green cardamom, or true cardamom) is distributed from India to Malaysia. * Amomum (commonly known as black cardamom, brown cardamom, Kravan, Java cardamom, Bengal cardamom, Siamese cardamom, white or red cardamom) is distributed mainly in Asia and Australia. Cardmom was being grown in kodagu before Coffee. It spread to Kodagu from Kerala.

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