Member of the ginger family and native to India, also grows in tropical areas including Asia, South American and the Pacific Islands. Seeds are enclosed in a pod which contains 17 to 20 seeds. Pungent aroma with warm, spicy-sweet, lemony flavor. Used in Scandinavian, East Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisines. Use to flavor stews, curries, poultry, duck, lentils, meat and rice.