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Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) is a plant that produces small, seed-like fruits similar to caraway and cumin. It comes from the Apiaceae family, which is a group of plants that includes celery, caraway, coriander, fennel, parsley, and parsnips. It goes by many other names, including carom seed, bishop’s weed, and ajowan caraway. Ajwain is common in Indian food. It has a strong, bitter taste with an aroma similar to thyme. The “seeds,” which are actually fruits, are typically dry-roasted or ground and used in spice mixtures.Ajwain tends to grow in regions that are dry and barren. This spice is indigenous to Egypt but is also grown in many parts of Southeast Asia, including Iran, India, Pakistan, and other countries.

Scientific name

Trachyspermum ammi

Other name

Carom seed

Chinese name

Yin du zang hui xiang

Plant type


Harvested parts


Main producer


Main use



Pungent, Bitter

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