green cardamom (choti elaichi)

Hindi terms: elaichi
English terms: cardamom
Other terms: -
green cardamom (Wikipedia)

Green cardamom
True cardamom
Elettaria cardamomum - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-057.jpg
True cardamom
(Elettaria cardamomum)
1896 illustration
Cardamom pods - Green BNC.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Elettaria
E. cardamomum
Binomial name
Elettaria cardamomum
  • Amomum cardamomum L.
  • Amomum repens Sonn., illegitimate superfluous name
  • Amomum racemosum Lam., illegitimate superfluous name
  • Alpinia cardamomum (L.) Roxb.
  • Cardamomum officinale Salisb.
  • Zingiber cardamomum (L.) Stokes
  • Matonia cardamomum (L.) Stephenson & J.M.Churchill
  • Cardamomum verum Oken, illegitimate superfluous name
  • Elettaria repens Baill., illegitimate superfluous name
  • Elettaria cardamomum var. minor Watt, not validly published
  • Cardamomum elletari Garsault, rejected name
  • Zingiber minus Gaertn.
  • Amomum ensal Raeusch.
  • Amomum uncinatum Stokes
  • Cardamomum malabaricum Pritz.
  • Cardamomum minus (Gaertn.) Kuntze
  • Elettaria cardamomum var. minuscula Burkill, without description

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.