Cardamom, sometimes cardamon or cardamum, is a spice made from the seeds of several plants in the genera Elettaria and Amomum in the family Zingiberaceae. Cardamom pods are spindle-shaped and have a triangular cross-section. The pods contain a number of seeds, but the entire cardamom pod can be used whole or ground. They have a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance. A common ingredient in Indian cooking. It is also often used in baking.