(Elettaria cardamom) is a tropical shrub of the ginger family. It is native to India and Indonesia. Cardamon tastes like an airy gentle ginger with a touch of pine. It is often used in curry powder.

Cardamon has been used in India and China since taking medicinal records began. It is one of the oldest spices in the world. It is a digestive, carminative, and a stimulant. It is said that it reduces pain, sharpens the mind, and sweetens the breath.

Cardamon is used most often in baking goods and desserts. It is a frequent addition to curries, rice dishes, and spiced wine. It enhances the flavor of pumpkins and other squashes, sweet potatoes, pastries, and many other foods. It is often combined with cumin and coriander.