Green cardamom (one of the more expensive spices in the Western world) is native to India and South Asia and is used in a variety of ways. Its pungent and perfume-like flavor is used in many curries, in Scandinavian sweet dishes such as coffee cakes and other pastries, and in Indian spiced (Chai) tea. The whole pod can be added to coffee to add a flavorful twist.
Spice Fun Fact: Cardamom is an aromatic spice that when chewed leaves a warm flavor in the mouth. Ancient Egyptians would chew cardamom pods to whiten their teeth and sweeten their breath.