Black Cardamom

Botanical Name: Amomum subulatum

Common Name: Alachi, Elaa

English Name: Greater Cardamom, Large Cardamom

Parts Used: seeds

Habit and Habitat: E Himalaya (Nepal, Sikkim)


Description: Herb. Leaves Large,green, glabrous. Flowers in spike, corolla lip yellowish white. Seeds 3 mm in diameter, nearly round and dark grey.

Medicinal Properties: Seeds are stomachic, useful in neuralgia. Seed oil aromatic, stimulant, stomachic, appetizer and applied to eyelids to ally inflamation. Other uses are exactly the same as that of Ammomum aromaticum.

Uses: Used as spices in Food.