Aframomum corrorima

Aframomum corrorima is a species in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. The spice, known as Ethiopian cardamom, false cardamom, or korarima,[1] is obtained from the plant's seeds (usually dried), and is extensively used in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. It is an ingredient in berbere, mitmita, awaze, and other spice mixtures, and is also used to flavor coffee.[3] In Ethiopian herbal medicine, the seeds are used as a tonic, carminative, and laxative.[4]

Aframomum corrorima
Dried korarima fruits, in preparation for making berbere
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Aframomum
A. corrorima
Binomial name
Aframomum corrorima

The plant is native to Tanzania, western Ethiopia[1] (in the vicinity of Lake Tana and Gelemso), southwestern Sudan, western Uganda.[1] It is cultivated in both Ethiopia and Eritrea.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Aframomum corrorima was published in "Spices, Condiments and Medicinal Plants in Ethiopia: Their Taxonomy and Agricultural Significance", Agricultural Research Report no. 906, and Belmontia New Series vol. 12 p. 10; 1981. The specific epithet was taken from its basionym, Amomum corrorima A.Braun. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) (April 9, 2011). "Aframomum corrorima information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory (NGRL), Beltsville, Maryland: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP). Retrieved June 19, 2011. Synonyms: (≡) Amomum corrorima A.Braun (basionym)
  2. ^  Amomum corrorima A.Braun, the basionym of Aframomum corrorima (A.Braun) P.C.M.Jansen, was originally described and published in Flora vol. 31, p. 95; 1848. GRIN. "Amomum corrorima information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. NGRL, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA / ARS / NGRP. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Roussel, Bernard; Verdeaux, François (April 6–10, 2003). "Natural patrimony and local communities in ethiopia: Geographical advantages and limitations of a system of indications" (PDF). 29th Annual Spring Symposium of Centre for African Studies. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-11-26. This Zingiberaceae, Aframomum corrorima (Braun) Jansen, is gathered in forests, and also grown in gardens. It is a basic spice in Ethiopia, used to flavor coffee and as an ingredient in various widely used condiments (berbere, mitmita, awaze, among others).
  4. ^ Jansen, P. C. M. (2002). "Aframomum corrorima (Braun)". Wageningen, Netherlands: Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA) / Ressources végétales de l’Afrique tropicale. Archived from the original on 2008-11-20 – via Protabase; Oyen, L. P. A.; Lemmens, R. H. M. J. (eds.).

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