Aromatic CARDAMOM is the fruit of a tropical plant related to GINGER, and is one of the world’s most expensive spices, after SAFFRON and VANILLA. Growing cardamom is extremely labor intensive. Its flavour is camphorous and slightly lime-like. Cardamom is essential to the cuisines of the Middle East (especially coffee) , India ( CHAI MASALA, GARAM MASALA) and Scandinavia in sweet breads and cakes.. It has a strong delicious flavour and should be used sparingly. Bruise whole pods before using to allow the flavour to escape--press down on them with either your thumb or the flat side of a knife until the pod opens.