Natural Products Co-op. Certified Organic. Elettaria Cardomomum. Non-Irradiated. Elettaria cadamomum is a member of the ginger (Zinziberaceae) family. The name cardamum (sometimes spelled cardomon or cardamum) means "grains of Paradise." . Decortication is a process in which a seed(s) shell or pod is removed. When good quality fresh cardamom seed is decorticated the 1/8 inch light brown to black seeds initially cling together because of a sticky seed membrane. This membrane eventually dries to a white flaky chaff-like substance that sticks to the seed or collects at the bottom of the bag. This chaff does not affect the flavor or quality of the seed.