Cardamom, or Cardamon, a fragrant tropical herb; also, its fruit and seeds. The plant grows to a height of 10 feet (3 m) and bears leaves that are 2 feet (60 cm) long. The flowering stalks rise from the rootstock and bear clusters of white-and-pink flowers. The fruit is a thin-walled capsule containing small seeds. The seeds are ground to make a spice that is used to flavor liqueurs, curry powders, and some Arabian coffees. It is also used in some European baked goods. Oil from the seeds is used in some medicines as a stimulant.
Cardamom is Elettaria cardamomum of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.