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Caraway Seed Whole

Caraway Seed Whole

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Caraway seed is used to flavor liqueurs, teas, soups, breads and other baked goods. It is widely used in Scandinavian cooking, as well as in German, Russian and Indian cuisines.

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Carum carvi

Caraway Seed Whole

Caraway seed, whole

Scientific Name: Carum Carvi
Origin: Holland

Common Names: Caraway seed, Carvies, Wild cumin, Roman cumin, Persian caraway, Karawya, Anis des vosges, Carvi, Cumin des prés

Part used: Seed

Active Compounds: Volatile oil, bitters, tannin, resin, wax, mucilage, sugar, and cellulose. Carvol and carvene.

Properties: Carminative, antispasmodic, stomachic, antispasmodic,
aphrodisiac, appetitive, emmenagogic, expectorant and
galactagogic (stimulating secretion of bile)

BackgroundCaraway is native to the area surrounding the Mediterranean and Europe. Seed is used primarily. Leaf and root are also edible. One of the oldest cultivated spices use dates back to 3000-4000 BC.

In ancient times, Egyptians applied the seed in protecting their dead from evil spirits, and Greeks and Romans used it as food.  Caesar's army ate chara, a bread made of the root.

Its use and cultivation spread from Arabia to Northern Europe during the middle ages. Herbal lore ascribed it the power to prevent loss and theft. It was used in love potions. It is still used in seed mixtures to attract birds and to keep chickens and other domesticated birds from seeking other feeding spots.

Included in Shakespeare's "Henry IV" is, 'a pippin and a dish of Caraways.'

Properly stored, the seeds will remain flavorful for months. It is best to add seeds after the recipe is cooked. Their sweet aroma and flavor are reminiscent of anise seed and fennel. It is featured in foods of Germany, Austria, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia.

Caraway seeds can be freshen breath and its essential oil is found in many mouthwashes, toothpastes and chewing gums. It is used in several liquor recipes and to improve the flavor of various complementary herbal combinations.

Description: A biennial, caraway reaches maturity in 2 years, when it produces seed. Growing between 30-80cm in height, its foliage is frilled, resembling that of the carrot. Its thick root bears a hollow, fluted stem. Clusters of small flowers are white, yellow or green. Seed is brown, ribbed, semi-crescent shaped. Resembling cumin seed, the two are sometimes mistaken for one another.

Safety: There is no known negative safety information available for this herb. 

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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