The Ambrette plant (Abelmoschus moschatus) is an evergreen plant from the Malcevea family. The plant grows to about 1.5 m in height bearing purple-centred yellow flowers. The flowers contain small brownish-red kidney-bean shaped seeds that pack a heady, floral punch similar to musk.
The Almond tree (prunus dulcis) grows to about 7 meters high and is a popular choice in gardens due to its beautiful pinkish-white blossom. The almond tree is native to Iran and the surrounding areas originally, but had already been transported around the Mediterranean through to Africa and Southern Europe thousands of years ago. Today, its use is still widespread and it is cultivated all over the world from Spain to California. There are actually two types of alm
The Allspice seed is kidney-shaped and is found as a pair in the green fruit of the evergreen pimento tree. It is typically dried as an unripe seed before processing as a powdered spice or essential oil. This is because the green unripe seeds contain more oil than black ripened seeds. The leaves of the plant also contain some oil, although the highest proportion is found in the shell of the fruit. All these plant parts can be steam-distilled to produce the Allspice essential oil. The oil from the pimento leaves tends to be darker or redder than the pale yellow liquid of the pimento berries. The aromatic notes of the 2 oils are also different, with the oil of the leaves being more similar to cloves.
Ajowan (Trachyspermum copticum), also known as ajowan caraway or carom, is an annual herb from the Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae) family. While there is some suggestion that Ajowan grew originally in the rich black soil of Egyptian river banks, it is now principally cultivated in Iran and India. It is a very old and well known in Aruveydic practices, with records of its uses dating back centuries.
The plant itself bears some resemblance to parsley with a seed-like fruit that is greyish-brown. The small fruit has a similar appearance to other better known members of the Apiaceae family, such as caraway, cumin and fennel. Like its counterparts, the fruit is a popular choice in curry powder mixes, due to its spicy flavourful qualities.
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