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

Aframomum corrorima is a species in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. The spice, known as korarima, Ethiopian cardamom, or false cardamom, 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.[1] Additionally, the seeds are used as a tonic, carminative, and laxative.

The plant is native to western Ethiopia, southwestern Sudan, western Uganda, and Tanzania. Outside of these areas, it is cultivated in Ethiopia (in the vicinity of Lake Tana and Gelemso) and in Eritrea.


  1. ^ Bernard Roussel and François Verdeaux (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 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)." 

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