(Syn Cardamom) Elettaria cardamomum
With the perfect microclimate you may get fruit setting but it is unlikely to set seed in Melbourne, however, the leaves have the same flavour – great for wrapping up fish, adding to a rice pudding or even using as a platter. The leaves can also be used to make a tea, or flavour black tea. Leaves are best used fresh, as they lose flavour when dried.
As a spice cardamon loses flavour rapidly once ground, so using the leaves is a great way to get that freshness of flavour.
A very attractive looking plant with long lance shaped leaves. Easily kept as a pot plant – doubles as an ornamental plant and a produce plant. Needs to be well drained, warm and protected from the direct sun and the wind – can grow indoors or in a green house in Melbourne and will live for years.