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Strongly pungent and aromatic, ajwain seeds are one of the popular spices commonly feature in Indian and Middle-Eastern cuisines. Botanically, the spicy seeds belong to the family of apiaceae (umbelliferae), of the genus, Trachyspermum. Scientific name: Trachyspermum copticum.The umbellifers are the members of carrot or parsley family, which includes many herbs and spices such as dill, fennel, anise seed, and caraway. Some of common names for the seeds are ajowan seeds, carom seeds etc.
Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family. The cumin plant grows to 30–50 cm (0.98–1.6 ft.) tall and is harvested by hand. It is an herbaceousannual plant, with a slender branched stem 20–30 cm tall. The leaves are 5–10 cm long, pinnate or bipinnate, thread-like leaflets. The flowers are small, white or pink, and borne in umbels. The fruit is a lateral fusiform or ovoid achene 4–5 mm long, containing a single seed. Cumin seeds.
In many parts of India and Pakistan, roasted fennel seeds are consumed as mukhwas, an after-meal digestive and breathe freshener. Fennel leaves are used as leafy green vegetables either by themselves or mixed with other vegetables, cooked to be served and consumed as part of a meal, in some parts of India. In Lebanon, it is used to make a special kind of egg omelette (along with onions, and flour) calledijjeh.
Fenugreek is a plant grown for its herbal uses as well as for the seeds, which are a spice and have medicinal properties. Fenugreek is best known for its use in curry. The fenugreek seed is yellow in color and is often made into a powder before use, but the whole seeds are also used in cooking. Common uses for whole seeds include as a pickling additive, and for flavor in some Indian food dishes. Fenugreek seed powder is often categorized as a spice. It is also often referred to as bird\'s foot, its most common name. Fenugreek is grown worldwide but mainly found in the Mediterranean region, the Ukraine, India and China. It is very popular in India where it plays a large part in the flavor of the cuisine. It is common for the seeds to be used to make tea in Egypt. Elsewhere it is eaten as a food or used for medicinal purposes. The other parts of the plant are mostly used as an herb and not as much for medicinal purposes.
Black mustard seed (Brassica nigra) is native to southern Europe along the Mediterranean Sea and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Black mustard seeds are slightly stronger than brown mustard seeds. Black mustard seeds are yellow inside, usually less than .1 inch in diameter. Yellow Mustard seeds or mustard powder can be used as a condiment in a variety of dishes. Mustard seeds can be used as is or can be roasted in a skillet. While dried mustard powder does not have a very strong quality, mixing it with water initiates an enzymatic process that enhances its pungency and heat. To moderate its sharp flavor, you can either add some very hot water or an acidic substance such as vinegar, either of which will stop the enzymatic process.
Mechanically Hulled Sesame Seeds are considered as the most nutritious seeds because of its protein and valuable Minerals. The husk hull (skin) of these seeds are removed hence are called as Hulled Sesame Seeds. Prior to hulling process, these sesame seeds are thoroughly cleaned. Hulled Sesame Seeds are relatively softer and delicious as compared to Natural Sesame Seeds. Machineries used by us for various processes such as cleaning, hulling, drying, color-sorting, etc., are modern & high-tech. They are processed in absolute germ – free & hygienic conditions. Sesame seeds are full of calcium, magnesium, copper, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. They offer the most nutritional value when the entire seed is used (un-hulled).Whole sesame seeds contain about 88 mg of calcium per tablespoon of seeds. Just a quarter cup of natural sesame seeds provides more calcium than a whole cup of milk. A quarter cup of raw natural sesame seeds has 351 mg of calcium while one cup of non-fat milk has 316.3 mg, and one cup of whole milk has only 291 mg of calcium. Plus, they are alkaline whereas milk is acidic. Sesame seeds are also rich in zinc, another mineral that has a positive effect on bone mineral density. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.