*Caraway seeds are actually the fruits of the plant Carum carvi of the Apiaceae family.
*Caraway seeds resemble cumin seeds and so they are also called Persian cumin.
*They have a pungent aroma and a warm, spicy flavor. These are used in savory preparations like casseroles, soups, stews, breads, etc.
*Caraway seeds have essential oils called carvone and limonene. These essential oils have medicinal properties and are also used to prepare liqueurs, fragrances, soaps, etc.
*Buying and storage: Select fresh, healthy-looking, evenly-sized and evenly-colored seeds without any visible holes, discoloration, or rancid smell. Store them in airtight containers in a cupboard away from light and heat.
Is it raw?
Yes, caraway seeds are raw or sundried, unless stated otherwise.
Make sure you read the label.
1. Caraway seeds have an essential oil responsible for its medicinal properties.
2. Caraway seeds and caraway seed oil is used to provide relief from colic, indigestion, and loss of appetite.
3. They also have an anti-parasitic property, and hence are used for deworming.
4. A carminative is prepared by pouring boiling hot water on the caraway seeds and allowing it to infuse, which is used to treat minor aches and pains, cold and flu, and other common ailments.
5. Caraway seed oil has a relaxing effect, and so used in aromatherapy.
6. A lot other nutrients are present in anise seeds, but as anise seeds are used in very small amounts, they do not provide any nutritional benefits.