Large Cardamom is cultivated in the Sub-Himalayan region of North Eastern India, Nepal and Bhutan. It is grown in cold humid conditions under shade of trees at an altitude between 800-2000 meters above MSL., with an average precipitation of 3000-3500 mm spread over about 200 days and with temperature ranging from 6-30 degree C.

Botanical name: Amomum subulatum Roxb.
Family name: Zingiberaceae
Commercial part: Fruit (Pod)

Grade specification

The following table elucidates the stringent grade specifications for Black Cardamom.

Grade Season Quantitiy(MT)
Badadana (BOLD) Oct- Mar 6
Chotadana Oct- Mar 10
Kanichicut Oct- Mar 15
Non-Kanichicut Oct- Mar 30