Cardamom is the seed pods of a perennial which is native to India. The plant, related to ginger, produces green seed pods with small dark seeds inside. Cardamom has a unique, strong, almost lemony flavor and aroma. Cardamom is used in flavoring some baked goods, in curries and Indian cuisine and in pickling spices. It can even be used in small amounts to flavor coffee, muffins and other baked goods.