Cardamom contains a number of seeds, but the entire cardamom can be used whole. Cardamom is a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. Cardamom pods are spindle-shaped and have a triangular cross-section. The seeds are small and black, while the pods differ in color and size by species. It is a common ingredient in Indian cooking. It is the top choice for sweet dishes but also works well in savory dishes. Cardamom is 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. It is also included in aromatic bitters, gin, and herbal teas. Cardamom has a strong, sweet, pungent flavor and aroma, with hints of lemon and mint. Cardamom seeds or pods are sometimes chewed to refresh the breath and as a digestive aid. Cardamom has been used for thousands of years to help with digestion.