STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Green cardamom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a green cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) fruit pod. Cardamom belongs to the ginger family of plants (Zingiberaceae). The seeds have a distinctive lemon-like aroma similar to cumin. It is used as a spice to flavour food, especially rice dishes. Both the seeds and the whole pods are used. Magnification: x8 when printed 10 centimetres wide.
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