: 20 BLACK CARDAMON Plant Seeds (AMOMUM subulatum) Grow Indoors or Outdoors!: Garden & Outdoor. Common Name: Greater Cardamom. Amomum subulatum. Drawing of the flowering plant. Photograph by: Roxburgh, W., Plants of the coast of Coromandel, vol. Larger or Greater Cardamom, Nepal Cardamom. Latin Name: Amomum subulatum Zingiberaceae. Sanskrit/Indian name: Aindri, Sthula ela, Brihatupakunchika.

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When mature the plants send up flower spikes that produce the cardamom capsules. Amomum Spices Plants used in traditional Chinese medicine Indian spices. It provides tonic properties to the heart, liver and spleen. Amomum is a genus of plant in the family Zingiberaceae. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. Unlike green cardamom, this spice is rarely used in sweet dishes. Biological activity is found to be stomachic, astringent, antibilious, and antiemetic.

The best soil in which to grow a cardamom is a rich soil that holds moisture as these plants like their roots to be constantly wet. The phytohormones which inhibit germination will then break down.

Amomum subulatum – Black Cardamom – Seeds

Black cardamomalso known as hill cardamom[1] Bengal cardamom[1] greater cardamom[1] Indian cardamom[1] Nepal cardamom[1] winged cardamom[1] or brown cardamomcomes from either of two species in the family Zingiberaceae. Typical components of xiang liao are cassiaSichuan pepperblack cardamom, star anise and lesser galangale ; less commonly, Sichuan cooks employ greater galangaleclovesnutmeg and licorice.

Chinese herbology Herbal tea Marination Spice rub. The genus name Amomum derives from the Greek momum meaning ‘unblemished’ literally or figuratively or ‘faultless’. In traditional Chinese medicineblack cardamom is used for stomach disorders and malaria.


Transplant seedlings when they reach about 5cm 2in in height to containers and continue to transplant to successively larger containers as necessary. While a single cardamom plant won’t ever yield enough pods for a bountiful crop of the spice, the plant has an economic lifespan of 10 to 15 years, it makes an interesting conversation piece and a satisfying challenge for the adventurous gardener.

Cardamon, Amomum subulatum Seeds

The pods can be left on the plant to dry or removed and placed on paper towels to dry more quickly. By virtue of the traditional drying procedure over open flames, the spice also acquires a strong smoky flavour.

Plants of this genus are remarkable for their pungency and aromatic properties. The botanical species name subulatum derives from Subultum subula awlreferring probably to the awl-shaped and pointed leaves. Initial germination lasts for about 80 days under these conditions. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

An ideal location for a cardamom plant is in a bathroom, where it will benefit from the warmth and high humidity. Subulahum temperature and lighting must be increased gradually.

Today, the largest commercial producer of black cardamom is Nepal. In Western medicine it is merely subilatum flavourant or other additive to medicines, typically those for indigestion and flatulence. Ethnopharmacological Approaches for Therapy of Jaundice: In Egypt and other Arabic cultures they are ground and used to flavour coffees and teas. During this period keep in dark cold storage chamber.

In areas prone to frosts they are cultivated as a container plant, grown indoors or kept in frost free greenhouse through the winter. Indoor plants should be fertilised less often than outdoor plants. Camphor is easily discernible in its odour. This behaviour is shared by other unground spices, like cinnamoncloves and green cardamomall of which are popular in Northern India and mostly used unground see also onion.


The soil needs to be watered often and should never be allowed to become dry. In the US and Great Britain the seeds are employed as an ingredient of curry powder and used as a flavourant in liqueurs, while in Russia, Sweden, Norway and parts of Germany they are largely used for flavouring cakes. Sensory quality Black cardamom has a fresh and aromatic aroma. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website.

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Amomum subulatum

In hot areas of the world the plants need shade and moisture. They will not survive in cool environments, but they are easily adapted to growing in containers placed in warm locations.

Apart from usage in Indian and Nepali cuisine, they are not much known, but have some regional importance in Central and Southern China. The pods of A.

A decoction of seeds is used as a gargle in affections of teeth and gums. It has the synonym of Amomum aromaticum.