Ajwain (अज्वैन) | The Hindi Word for Carom Seed, Bishop’s Weed. Both the leaves & the seed‑like fruit of the plant are consumed by humans.
Ajwain seeds vary from being slightly olive green to brown in colour. All parts of this herb have a very strong scent hence it is also known as Ugragandha in Sanskrit.
The seeds have a bitter and pungent flavour, somewhat like oregano, and because of its strong aromatic essence, it is often added to curries and pickles.
Ajwain is one of those rare spices that fulfil the twin purpose of adding flavour and being good for health.