Ajowan seed, whole

The seeds of the Ajowan ( Carum ajowan, rachyspermum ammi, Carum copticum) plant have a very strong Thyme flavour and can be used in any number of recipes (sparingly - they really are strong). The seeds often also go by the name Bishop's weed which is confusing for those researching medieval culinary flavour profiles.

The plant Bishop's weed - as described in medieval receipts- is most likely Ground Elder or Gout weed, also known as Carum seed and Herb Gerard (Aegopodium podagraria). Today this plant is considered an invasive pest for gardeners however, it has a long history of both medicinal and culinary uses and is still used today.

Ammi majus L. also Bishops weed is apparently related to Trachyspermum ammi, Carum copticum or Ajowan

Taster pack; 5g

Period: BC to 500 AD, 500 - 1000 AD, 1000 - 1100 AD, 1100 - 1200 AD, 1200 - 1300 AD, 1300 - 1400 AD, 1400 - 1500 AD, 1500 - 1600 AD, 1600 - 1700 AD
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