Every household on the subcontinent probably has ajwain and its seeds, as it they are used in medicine as well as cooking. The seeds are carminative and classed as a spice. They are an excellent source for various essential oils including thymol (also obtained from Thyme) and limonene. The seeds are highly beneficial for the digestive system. It has anti-bacterial, germicide, antifungal and anesthetic properties. As a medicine it is used for a multitude of purposes such as diarrhoea, dyspepsia, dysentery, cholera, flatulence.
Try the fresh Poshtik Ajwain for a highly aromatic, tasty culinary treat.
Do spices go bad?
It varies. Spices, like all foods, have a distinct shelf life and will go bad. The length of that shelf life depends on how the spices are cared for. Heat, humidity, air, and sunlight all have detrimental effects: they break down the chemical compounds (also known as essential oils) that give spices their flavors and aromas. Ground spices compared to whole have shorter shelf life.
Stored correctly, some spices will maintain peak freshness up to a year, but others lose flavor more quickly.
What is the best way to store spices?
Spices should be kept in airtight containers in dark, cool places. Glass jars with tight fitting lids are perfect if you plan to store your spices in a cupboard. If kept in the open, use tins to ensure that sunlight cannot reach the spices
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What is the difference between packaged spices and Poshtik spices?
When you buy from Poshtik™, you are getting great flavor because we grind our spices every few days. Spices begin to release their flavors as soon as you grind them, so freshly ground spices have more flavor. Further, Poshtik’s slow stone grinding (similar to using mortar and pestle) ensures essential oils are not lost in processing and we can control the level of coarseness.
Just be sure to store them in airtight containers to keep those flavors fresh.
From where are your spices sourced?
We source spices from all over India and some from Sri Lanka. While most are bought from domestic brokers, some like peppercorns (Kali Mirch) are sourced directly from the producers.