If pepper is the "King of Spices" then cardamom is the "Queen of
Spices". One of the most exotic and highly prized spices, Indian green
cardamom or small cardamom (choti elaichi) has a history that is as old
as human civilization.
The dried fruit of aherbaceous perennial, green cardamom is grown mainly
in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, on the shady slopes of the Western
Ghats. Warm humid climate, loamy soil rich in organic matter,
distributed rainfall and special cultivation and processing methods all
combine to make Indian green cardamom truly unique in aroma, flavour and
size thus rendering the temping parrot-green colour.