- - Green cardamom is a aromatic spice with a very wide range of uses.
- - The plant has underground stems with leafy roots, large white or pale green leaves, pale green fruits and black seeds.
- -The spice has a very warm aroma and pungent taste which it can retain for a very long time. Apart from using the entire pod as a flavoring, its black seeds powdered and the outer covering are also used.
- -The outer covering can lend a unique flavor to tea if added along with tea leaves, and coffee as well. It is also one of the essential spices added to the garam masala mix and curry powder. Betel leaf preparations contain green cardamom.
Green cardamom is often used in traditional Indian sweets and in masala chai (spiced tea). Both are also often used as a garnish in basmati rice and other dishes. Individual seeds are sometimes chewed and used in much the same way as chewing gum.