Family Name: Umbelliferae
Botanical Name(s): Carum Carvi
Popular Name(s): Caraway Seed, Carum
Parts Used: Fruit
Habitat: The plant is distributed throughout the northern and
central parts of Europe and Asia.
Description: Caraway is a biennial that reaches 2 feet. It has
feathery leaves and umbrella-like clusters of tiny white flowers, which
bloom in early summer.
Uses: Both fruit and oil possesses aromatic, stimulant and
carminative properties. Caraway was widely employed at one time as a
carminative cordial, and was recommended in dyspepsia and symptoms
attending hysteria and other disorders. It possesses some tonic property
and forms a pleasant stomachic. The chewing of caraway seeds is a
popular way of aiding digestion after a meal.