Add to tea and coffee blends. Infuse in wine, gin, or vodka. Whole cardamom pods can also be used to flavor steamed and braised foods. Cardamom has such unique flavor and aroma that it's known as the Queen of Spices. More than half of the world's supply finds its way into Indian cuisine, with Scandinavia running a close second in consumption. In the Middle East, cardamom is commonly used to flavor tea and coffee. Cardamom in the pod ensures freshness of the spice seeds inside.