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Caraway (Carum carvi) is a biennial herb that will grow up to approximately 60cm tall, producing the foliage in the first year and flowers in the second.


Seeds can be sown from late summer to early autumn.  They do not like having their roots disturbed too much, so either sow directly where they are to grow or in root trainers or toilet rolls that can then be planted out later.

It is part of the carrot family and produces aromatic leaves that can be used in salads, soups or at the end of stir fries but it is the seeds that more often used.  Chewing the seeds has been said to relieve indigestion.

Alys Fowler tells us more about caraway and its uses in this Guardian article.

The BBC has no less than 52 recipes containing caraway seed.  Let us know your favourite recipe.