Cardamom pods contain a number of seeds, but the entire cardamom pod can be used whole or ground. There are two main type of cardamom: black cardamom and green cardamom.
Cardamom is used mainly in Indian cooking as well as Middle Eastern cuisine. In Indian recipes, whole cardamom seeds are used in preparing basmati rice and various curries. In Middle Eastern recipes, ground cardamom is used in preparing certain desserts.