Cardamom, a part of the ginger family, has a distinct fruity aroma and flavor. There are two varieties of cardamom, Elettaria and Amomum. Elettaria pods are green while Amomum pods are larger and dark brown. Cardamom can be found in Indian curries, desserts and is a main ingredient in making masala chai. In Iran and Turkey is can be used to flavor coffee and tea.
Black cardamom has a rich smokey flavor that can enhance your next rice dish. Add 1 teaspoon to 1 cup rice while cooking.
Cardamom is said to aid in digestion and help with infections.