Ajowain Seed (Ajwain)
Ajowain seed (Ajwain) is pungent like Oregano, sharp, tastes like thyme, with a slight Anise aftertaste-a little goes a long way! This complex, stand-alone spice can be dry roasted and fried in ghee to allow more subtle flavor. It's great in lentils, starches, root veggies and pickles.
Ajwain, ajowan, or Trachyspermum ammi—also known as ajowan caraway, oomam (ஓமம்) in Tamil, ajman, bishop's weed, or carom—is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae). It originated in India. Both the leaves and the seed‑like fruit (often mistakenly called seeds) of the plant are consumed by humans. The name "bishop's weed" also is a common name for other plants. The "seed" (i.e., the fruit) is often confused with lovage "seed".
Ajwain fruit (schizocarps) Ajwain's small, oval-shaped, seed-like fruits are pale brown schizocarps, which resemble the seeds of other plants in the Apiaceae family such as caraway, cumin and fennel. They have a bitter and pungent taste, with a flavor similar to anise and oregano. They smell almost exactly like thyme because they also contain thymol, but they are more aromatic and less subtle in taste, as well as being somewhat bitter and pungent. Even a small number of fruits tends to dominate the flavor of a dish.
- 1 oz
- packaged in plastic ziplock