The plant is also called bishop's weed, The small fruit pods are pale brown and have an oval shape, resembling caraway and cumin. It has a bitter and pungent taste,with a flavor similar to anise and oregano. They smell almost exactly like thyme because it also contains thymol, but is more aromatic.
The active principles in the ajwain may help increase the digestive function of the intestinal tract by facilitating release of gut juices . ajowan seeds are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants . In India, the seeds decoction often used to ease asthma.
Ajwain seeds have long been used in traditional ayurvedic and unani medicines for various ailments. Extraction obtained from this spice is sometimes used as carminative in treating flatulence and indigestion. Thymol's germicide and antiseptic properties can be employed in the preparation of cough remedies. In India, the seeds decoction often used to ease asthma.