Spices

Ajowan Seeds

Price: from $3.90

  • Weight 35 g
  • Gluten Free Yes
  • Country of origin India
  • Brand The Spice Trader
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Botanical name   Trachyspermum ammi   ▪   Family name   Umbelliferae Ajowan is a seed spice from a small annual plant resembling wild parsley, and closely related to caraway and cumin. It is grown mainly for the extraction of its oil which contains a high level of thymol. Native range   India Major producers   India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt Harvesting   Ajowan stalks are cut in May or June when the seeds are ripe, then dried and threshed. Taste and aroma   The taste of ajowan seeds is hot and bitter (due to thymol). When crushed, ajowan seeds have a strong distinctive thyme-like bouquet. They can be used as a substitute for thyme, but should be added sparingly as they are stronger in flavour than thyme. Culinary uses   Ajowan is typically used in savoury Indian recipes, but should be added in small quantities as the taste is hot and bitter. Ajowan seeds should be bruised before use to release their flavour. They are easily ground in a mortar. Other uses   Ajowan has numerous medicinal properties and in India the seeds are used to ease asthma and indigestion. Its thymol content makes ajowan a potent fungicide. Storage   Ajowan seeds will keep indefinitely in an airtight container. Click here for more details about ajowan seeds.