Cardamom is one of the oldest and most valuable spices in the world after saffron and vanilla. The spice comes from South India, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Tanzania and Brazil. Ground cardamom seeds, with their beneficial and fresh, mild taste, complement other herbs and curry spices. Cardamom is contained in many liquors and is also used in cakes, biscuits and milk desserts. In India, it is a popular ingredient in curries and meat dishes. It is one of the spices used in Garam Masala and is an essential ingredient for Pilau Rice as well as being used in desserts and sweetmeats. Often also called cardamom.