Elettaria cardamomum, commonly known as green or true cardamom, is a herbaceous, perennial plant in the
ginger family, native to southern India. It is the most common of the species whose seeds are used as a spice called cardamom.
It is cultivated widely in tropical regions and reportedly naturalized in Réunion, Indochina, and Costa Rica
Cardamom has a strong, pungent flavor and aroma, with hints of lemon, mint, and smoke.