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Cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum)

Cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum) (Elettaria cardamomum)

At the bottom of Palm Canyon, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA...there's several clumps of Cardamon (the spice of commerce). Photo taken Jan. 17, 2011.

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I like to cook Indian food and this is one of my favourite spices.

18 Jan, 2011



Are the plants commonly available for sale there?

I see Cardamon plants for sale here all the time.

18 Jan, 2011


I have never seen the plant for sale here,a shame really as I would like to try growing one. I presume they are tender.

19 Jan, 2011



I would guess they're tender; being native to tropical rainforest of Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

20 Jan, 2011


hi love this plant never seen it before,can you you buy it an were,does it flower or stay green.

13 Mar, 2012


Cardamon is widely available for sale at any nursery here in San Diego, CA. It's an evergreen which does flower.

14 Mar, 2012


presumably the cardamon pods are the seed pods that you see after the flower has died?

8 Mar, 2013


Yes, cardamon is the seeds and the roots are used, also.

9 Mar, 2013


Didn't realise the root was used, cardamom powder?

9 Mar, 2013


I think the roots are used medicinally.

9 Mar, 2013


I think lots of herbs and spices are good for you, we dont use them enough, lots to learn i think!

9 Mar, 2013


Very true. We haven't even discovered so many and their benefits.

9 Mar, 2013


Had it..gophers ate it. They didnt seem to bother Alpinia species- zerumbet or the dwarf, for some reason. This and my Green Ginger were taken out.

25 Sep, 2014


Sorry to hear about that. I know how horrible gophers can be, when I live in Fremont I was constantly battling them.

26 Sep, 2014

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