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Common Name: Caraway Seeds/Meridian fennel/Persian cumin

Botanical Name: Carum carvi

Kingdom: Plantae

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Carum

Specie: C. Carvi

The common name of Carum carvi (Caraways seed) is derived from its origin that is province Caria in Asia Minor.

Background and native countries

The Asian were the first to value it as an aromatic healing ingredient and later it also become the spice delicacy of western Africa and Europe.

Taste and aroma

Caraway seeds are extremely healthy seeds that are cultivated all over the world due to their exciting aroma and taste. The tantalizing strong smell with a slight warm taste enhances the flavour of any dish. Caraway seeds are considered to be one of the  distinctive aromatic spice featuring several sweet & savory dishes.

Culinary Uses 

These flavour enhancers take the taste of any food to an optimal level. In baking, it is widely used to flavour rye bread, soda bread, biscuits, cakes, stews, cheese, sauerkraut, fruit pickles, muffins, dinner rolls and French toast etc.

For a moderate caraway flavour, it can be toasted & sprinkled in many fruit-based desserts and sweets, meats, vegetables and even in liqueur, such as

  • Baked apple
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Pie
  • Tea
  • Tarts
  • Roasted Potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Jams,
  • jellies
  • Coleslaw
  • Cheese dips
  • Custards
  • Dry pork roast
  • Pork chops
  • Oatmeal porridge etc

Health benefits and medical uses  

  • The caraway seeds are absolutely the storehouse of vital vitamins (including Vitamin -A, Vitamin -C, Vitamin E as well as many Vitamin B complexes) that can help to boost up your immunity.
  • The most interesting properties of Caraway seeds are their potential to assist in weight loss, improve digestive health and facilitate extraordinary anti-ageing effect.
  • Moreover, caraway seeds are packed with many important dietary fibres that ultimately a great remedy to prevent constipation as well as to lower cholesterol level.
  • In addition, these potent flavoured seeds exceptionally bind to the toxins in the food and protect the colon mucosa from cancer & infection.


Caraway seeds can last for approximately 3-4 years in an airtight container.