Spicy Saturday: Ajwain Seeds or Bishop’s Weed
Ajwain Seeds or Bishop’s Weed
Ajwain comes from a plant from the Apiaceae family. It is also called Carom or Bishop’s weed.
Ajwain seeds resemble cumin and caraway seeds. The smell is like thyme seeds. Ajwain seeds are khaki-colored, oval-shaped small seeds. They have a bitter and pungent taste. It is cultivated in India and Iran.
In Indian cuisine, ajwain is used in small quantities. It is mostly used in tempering with other spices in lentil dishes and breads. It is used in small amounts since the taste can be overwhelming.
Ajwain seeds or Bishop’s weed also have medicinal uses. It is used to relieve stomach issues, cold symptoms, and also Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Ajwain seeds are found in Indian Food Markets or online. It is stored in a dark place in the pantry and can last for a year. Bishop’s weed or Ajwain can be fatally toxic if taken in large amounts.