Poland/ Lithuania/ Finland. Ground in the UK
Product: Caraway, Ground
Latin Name: Carum carvi syn. Bunium carvi, Carum aromaticum, Carum decussatum.
Plant Family: Apiaceae
Other Names: Wild Cumin, Carvies, Meridian Fennel, Roman Cumin, Persian Caraway, Karawya, Anis des Vosges, Cumin des Prés, Alcaravea, Carvi, Kümmel, Kummin, & Karawiya.
Description: Caraway is a biennial herb often treated as an annual, which is native to Southern Europe, Asia and India, now cultivated in Russia, North Africa and the USA. It grows up to 20-80 cm in height and has fluted, branching stems. The leaves are alternate, petiolate, feathery, finely divided, mid-green in colour and 2-8cm in length. The tiny 5-petaled flowers are white to pale pink in colour are present in umbels comprised of 9-13 umbellets. The fruits also known as seeds have 5 ridges and are crescent shaped, nutty brown in colour and 2mm in length. The seeds have a nutty, delicate anise flavour and scent.
Brief History: The name for caraway is said to come from the Gaelic word ‘Caroh’ meaning boat, due to the curved shape the seed takes. John Parkinson the 16th/17th century English herbalist, in his book ‘Theatrum Botanicum’ wrote of caraway, ‘The seed is much used to be put among baked fruit, or into cakes, etc., to give them relish. It is also made into comfits and taken for cold or wind in the body, which are also served to the table with fruit.’
Ingredients: Ground fruit/seed of Carum carvi.
Allergy Advice: Caraway seeds contain a naturally occurring source of salicylates and are best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet.
SUGGESTED USEGround caraway can be used in the same way as seeds, it is ideal to use when you want all the flavour that caraway can give to your dish but require a smooth texture. Add it to sweet and savoury breads, biscuits, scones and muffins. It can also be added to soups, casseroles and salads. Caraway works well with cheese and vegetables in particular cabbage and carrots. Sprinkle into pasta and noodles to be served with pork based dishes.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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