Cardamom is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, but today it’s largely grown in southern Mexico and Guatemala, says Eat_Nopal. The availability of the spice has had an effect on local cooking, but more important, cardamom-flavored gum is available down there. Cardamom was introduced as a flavoring back when the Central American gum industry was making chewing gum from tree sap. Nowadays, it’s still a popular flavor.

If you have access to Guatemalan goods, look for a brand called Peter Pan, in a flavor called Romy Cardamom, says Cat Chow. Eat_Nopal thinks even mainstream worldwide gum brands like Trident produce cardamom-flavored gum for the Central American region. It’s yet another reason to scour your local Central American market.

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