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Curry ingredients

I have never bought curry powder that listed its ingredients until recently.
Does anyone know what African Bird Pepper is? Is it different from normal pepper?
I also noticed cardamom, mace, coriander (didnt say seed or leaf?) and a few other shockers. I claim to hate cardamom, my husband hates leafy coriander (soapweed), and we noticed neither. I know there are no exact recipes as essentially it means "mixed spice of the tumeric or curry-leaf kind", but I was wondering if anyone here might be able to shed some light.
Or share... what ingredients have shocked you?

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