Elettaria Cardamomum has a sweet exotic perfume unlike any other spice. Use it in savoury dishes (notably curries) and sweet cardamom goes beautifully with apples, pears and other fruit. Cardamom is found in many spice mixes throughout south Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The pods are naturally green if white, they are either old or chemically bleached. Bruise pods and use whole or toast slightly, split open, and remove and grind the dark seeds within. It is a common spice in many Asian curries and is a primary ingredient in masala chai. Because cardamom is costly, what is passed off as ground cardamom is often adulterated.