General Description: Caraway Seed is the fruit of an herb in the Parsley family know as Carum carvi. The small brown seeds are about 1/5th of an inch long and have a sweet but tangy flavor.
Uses: Caraway Seed is commonly used for flavoring rye bread, cakes, cheeses and soups.
History: Caraway is native to Asia as well as northern and central Europe. First used in antiquity, Caraway has been cultivated in Europe since the Middle Ages. Evidence of Caraway's use in medieval times comes from seeds found in debris in lakes in Switzerland. Caraway is thought to be the spice used longer than any other in Europe. Writings from the 17th century indicate that Caraway Seed was used in breads, fruits, and cakes, and considered a digestive aid.
Origin: Caraway is produced mainly in Holland although Egypt, Germany and the United States are additional sources.
Shelf Life: 3-4 Years