Caraway / Kümmel Seeds (Carum Carvi)
Caraway seeds, also known as "Persian Cumin," have a sweet, pungent fragrance that mimics anise or licorice, as well as a peppery, bittersweet flavor with earthy and citrus overtones. They come from the "Carum carvi" plant, which is native to Asia, Central and Northern Europe, as well as North Africa, Canada, and the United States.
Caraway seeds are used in European cooking to flavor an incredible variety of dishes that include sauerkraut and coleslaw, stews such as goulash, roast pork, potato dishes, salads, cabbage dishes, soups, sausages, cheeses, sausages, gingerbread, baked apples, and rye bread or cakes. They even give to Kümmel liqueur its characteristic taste and are also an important ingredient in the Scandinavian spirit Akvavit, as well as in gin and schnapps.
Caraway is full of antioxidants and has been proved to protect the brain and liver. It may even have adaptogenic characteristics, according to some studies, which might help with stress-related diseases.
It's also used orally to treat urinary or uterine spasms, and topically as a toothache painkiller that also sweetens your breath, in addition to reducing intestinal spasms and discomfort.
Finally, caraway seeds have antiseptic and antibacterial properties against a variety of bacterial and fungal infections, making them useful for treating colds, congestion, and bronchitis, as well as stimulating a productive cough.
◉ Seeds should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor.