A spice common to Persian cooking. An intriguing aroma, great in marinades, on vegetables, with beans or on pilafs.
Angelica is something of a misnomer, since Angelica seeds are actually dried Hogweed seeds, a fruit-bearing bush that grows in the mountains of Iran and in neighboring counties.
Angelica seed is lightly bitter and has a strong and intriguing floral aroma. In Persian cooking, it’s used to flavor all kinds of dishes, from pickled vegetables to soups, stews, and lentils. It’s also valued as an herb that helps the digestion of beans and pulses. In Iran, Angelica seeds are also ground and used to finish dishes with fava beans, as well as with potato or fresh pomegranate seeds.
The stems of the plant are sometimes used in pickling.