Cardamom pods are the dried pods of the Elettaria Cardamomum. The pods vary in diameter from 6mm to 8mm and are graded into different coloured packs according to their size.
Cardamom seeds are the heart of the spice. These dark and crunchy seeds have a high concentration of oil content. Every pod contains around eight to sixteen seeds inside. Cardamom seeds are either joint (clustered) or they are single. Commercially, it is the single seeds that are generally used. These are the disjoint seeds of cardamom separated from each other after removal from the pods.
Cardamom powder is the concentrated form as it is made from crushing the cardamom seeds. It is highly preferred by home users as it saves time. It is very convenient to use for sweet dishes like baked cardamom cake, cookies, chocolate, kheer, custard etc.
Cardamom husk is the outer skin of the fragrant spice and contains decent level of flavour and aroma. It is highly preferred by the tea industry as it adds rich aroma without diluting the core taste of tea. Cardamom husks can also be added in any oil to make it aromatic or use it in infusions.