Elettaria, common names green cardamom, true cardamom, and Ceylon cardamom is a genus of one or two species of cardamoms, native to southeastern Asia from India south to SriLanka and east to Malaysia and western Indonesia, where it grows in tropical rainforests. Today, Guatemala is the biggest producer and exporter of cardamom in the world, followed by India. Cardamom is a spice native to the Middle East, North Africa, and Scandinavia. There are three types of cardamom; green cardamom, black cardamom and Madagascar cardamom.
Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance.
Green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices by weight, but little is needed to impart the flavor.
It is best stored in pod form because once the seeds are exposed or ground, they quickly lose their flavor.