Cardamom is a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. This spice comes in pods that contain a number of seeds, but the entire cardamom pod can be used whole or ground.
Cardamom has a complex flavor. It's citrusy, minty, spicy, and herbal all at the same time, and it's highly fragrant, too.
The green cardamom's flavor is stronger, whereas ground pods quickly start to lose their flavor and aroma. Green cardamom pods have been compared to ginger, but without the sharpness.
Special to Indian taste buds, cardamom is not only unique to us, but also to our senses. The addition of this fragrant spice can add layers of taste to your tea, food and overall dining experience. Cardamom, along with being a multi-purpose spice used in curries, breads, rice and liquid preparations, also brings with it many health benefits.