The ginger family is a very extensive family with 1,800 plant species. Most grow in shady, humid places where the fog lingers, such as in tropical rainforests.
Some species can stand well against the sun and grow in open places, usually at higher altitudes. The plants usually give flowers close to the ground, with the exception of the species that grow on open areas, which usually have flowers at the end of the stems. The stems are standing straight up and have no branches.
Many plants in the ginger family have edible rhizomes - horizontally growing roots - such as ginger, curcuma and krachai. Spices in the Ginger family include cardamom, mbongo and grains of paradise.
Grains of papadise is a sharp pepper, loved in West African and Surinamese cuisine. The small seeds are contained in a seed box embedded in a jelly-like fluid, which is removed after drying.This (pseudo) pepper from Ghana is a member of the..
Cardamom is the "queen of spices", black pepper the "king". It is not for nothing that both come from the Malabar Mountains on the west coast of India. Our cardamom is not from India, but from Guatemala.Indian cardamom is primarily intended..
Mbongô comes from West Africa, and is also called alligator pepper, after its appearance. The "scaly" egg-shaped seed box contains many small seeds, reminiscent of paradise grain. Mbongô is one of the four local peppers in the famous Nigeri..
Selim pepper, also known as selim kani or kani pepper. It is the dried fruit of a tree that is related to the custard apple. It is therefore not "real pepper." The taste is described as a marriage between a cubeb pepper and nutmeg.This (pse..
This unique violet cardamom comes from a plant that has been grown in Nepal since the 19th century. The fruit is harvested when it is fully ripe. By gently drying the fruits, they retain their beautiful color and rich taste palette. It is a..