Popular in Persian cooking, cardamom is widely used in tea and chai blends. We believe the best is produced by indigenous Mayan farmers in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Pungent, with notes of ginger, pepper and cloves, cardamom is a bush in the ginger family that grows to 10 feet high. Its pale yellow flowers turn into clusters of cherries that are harvested from October to March. When dried, whole green pods or the dark seeds inside are removed to spice tea. Shop for Smith Teamaker No.33 Chai, rich with whole cardamom pods.