Black Cardamom

Botanical Name :     Amomum subulatum

English Name :        Black Cardamom

Hindi Name :           Badi Elaichi or Kali Elaichi

Family Name :         Zingiberaceae

Black Cardamom pods are dark brown to black in color and have a tough, dried, wrinkly skin. They are highly aromatic but not as much as Green Caradmom


The largest producer of the black cardamom is Nepal followed by India and Bhutan. Large Cardamom is cultivated in the Sub-Himalayan region of North Eastern India, Nepal and Bhutan


2.5 to 3 cm in length


It is used as a flavourant in dishes like Pulavu, Biriyani and meat preparations. It is an ingredient in curry powder and spice masala mixtures and is also used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicines. It has applications in flavouring cola, biscuits, liquors.

Known as

Amomumsubulatum (also known as Nepal cardamom) Amomumcostatum. The pods of A. subulatum,

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