Sri Lanka, the Sunda Islands, Brazil, Netherlands.
Slightly sweet and with a wood-like aroma.
Warms, stimulates circulation, eliminates toxins, hypertensive, stimulates digestion and appetite, antispasmodic, anti-diarrhea, anti-inflammatory.
Its flavor is spicy and sweet. Reduces Vata and Kapha, and increases Pitta.
Known primarily for its use in pastries, stewed fruit and hot drinks. Oriental cuisine uses it for very spicy dishes, mostly with meat stuffing.