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Caraway Seeds Whole

Caraway Seeds

Carum carvi

Origin: Turkey
From£8.88 per kg

Caraway, also known as meridian fennel and Persian cumin (Carum carvi), is a biennial plant in the family Apiaceae, native to western Asia, Europe, and North Africa. The plant is similar in appearance to other members of the carrot family, with finely divided, feathery leaves with thread-like divisions. The main flower stem is 30–60 cm tall, with small white or pink flowers. Caraway fruits, informally called seeds, are smooth, crescent-shaped, laterally compressed achenes, around 3 mm long, with five pale ridges and a distinctive pleasant smell when crushed.


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Caraway was mentioned by the early Greek botanist Pedanius Dioscorides as a herb and tonic. It was later mentioned in the Roman Apicius as an ingredient in recipes. Caraway was known in the Arab world as karauya, and cultivated in Morocco.

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The fruits, usually used whole, have a pungent, anise-like flavor and aroma that comes from essential oils. Caraway is used as a spice in breads, especially rye bread, Irish soda bread and other baked goods. Caraway may be used in desserts, liquors, casseroles, and other foods. The seeds are found in diverse European cuisines and dishes, for example sauerkraut, and the United Kingdom's caraway seed cake. In Austrian cuisine it is used to season beef and, in German cuisine, pork. In Hungarian cuisine it is added to goulash, and in Norwegian cuisine and Swedish cuisine it is used for making caraway black bread. In Latvian cuisine whole caraway seeds are added to the Jāņi sour milk cheese.

Caraway oil is used to for the production of Kümmel liquor in Germany and Russia, Scandinavian akvavit, Icelandic brennivín.

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