(or cardamon) refers to several plants of the genera Elettaria and Amomum in
the ginger family Zingiberaceae. Both genera are native to India, Nepal and
Bhutan; they are recognised by their small seed pod, triangular in
cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin papery outer shell and small black
seeds. It is the world's third most expensive spice by weight, outstripped in
terms of its market value by only saffron and vanilla.