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Black cardamom is a spice that has been used by ancient cultures for culinary purposes, as well as being one of the most expensive spices in the world. Black cardamom comes from India and other parts of Southeast Asia, where it was first domesticated. It features an intense flavor with hints of gingerbread or nutmeg which makes it ideal for use in desserts such as pastries like baklava. The pods are green when they're picked but turn black after drying to reveal their rich aroma and flavors.

Origin: India

Flavor profile: earthy, smoky

Used in: curries, soups, fish dishes, baking

Health benefits: antibacterial, antiviral properties, aids in digestion