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Caraway Seed

  • Carum carvi
  • Origin: Egypt
Caraway Seed


Common Name

Standardized: caraway
Other: krishna jiraka

Botanical Name

Carum carvi L.
Plant Family: Apiaceae



The warming and aromatic "seeds" of the caraway plant are used to give a distinctive flavor to rye bread, cabbage, soups, pickles, teas, liqueurs, and spirits. Caraway is said to have been used in Europe longer than any other condiment. A more aromatic and bitter alternative to cumin, caraway is key to Indian, Dutch, German, Russian, and Scandinavian cooking. Although it has an affinity to cooked cabbage and coleslaw, a little ground caraway added at the end of cooking (to avoid bitterness) will add a pleasant and unexpected taste to both sweets and savories.


Caraway's distinct aroma is due to carvones and caveols. The "seed" also contains oil, carbohydrate, antioxidant flavonoids, and protein.

Parts Used

Each "seed" is half of a caraway fruit. The dried fruits are used whole or ground in cooking and herbal medicine.

Typical Preparations

Usually as a tea, but also in infusions, tinctures, encapsulations and as a seasoning.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.