Cardamom comes from the seeds of a ginger like plant. The small, brown-black sticky seeds are contained in a pod in three double rows with about six seeds in each row. The pods are between 5-20 mm (1/4” – ¾”) long, the larger variety known as ‘black’, being brown and the smaller being green.
The Celery plant is slender and stands about 2-3 feet tall. It has 3-5 segmented leaves and flowers with small white pearls. Celery seeds, which are found in flowers, are very small, tan to dark brown, and have a strong, pleasant smell.
Cinnamon comes in “quills”, strips of bark rolled one in another. The pale brown to tan strips, are generally thin, the spongy outer bark having been scraped off. The best varieties are pale and parchment-like in appearance.