Ajwain Seeds

Ajwain, also known as carom, ajowan, omam, omum, ajvain or Bishop’s weed (depending on where in the world we’re talking) is a spice belonging to the Umbelliferae (or Apiaceae) family, some of whose other members are cumin, dill and caraway. The ajwain plant’s shrubs appear feather-like, and the plant itself grows very quickly, reaching up…

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Star Anise

Star anise (also known as badain anise), when whole, is an eight-pointed star shape around the size of a small broad bean and is mid to dark brown in colour in its dried form. It has an aniseed flavour that is sweet and mildly spicy with a liquorice type aroma. Whilst it is predominantly used…

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Tamarind

Tamarind is a long, pea pod shaped fruit that contains a sour pulp and seeds and is a mid-brown colour. It has a strong, tart flavour and a little goes a long way. It is sold as a paste, in a pressed block (cake) or as whole pods and tastes similar to a date but…

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