Botanically, its fruit is schizocarps (fruit composed of multiple carpels).
The fruit has a spicy flavour and smells of aniseed. It is used as a spice in bread. Caraway is also used in desserts and savoury dishes. As a traditional ingredient in Germanic cuisine, it is often added to sauerkraut. Caraway is also found in numerous alcohols and liqueurs such as Kummel and Aquavit. The essential oil is often used as an ingredient in soap, lotions and perfumes. Caraway seeds have been used since ancient times to treat various disorders, mainly of the digestive system. They also contribute to the normal function of the intestinal tract and support the production of digestive juices. Caraway alleviates sluggish digestion, flatulence and intestinal cramps. 1-3 The essential oil contributes to resistance to pathogenic micro-organisms.4
- Cuminum cyminum and Carum carvi: An update
R. K. Johri
Pharmacogn Rev. 2011 Jan-Jun; 5(9): 63–72.
- Relaxant effect of ethanol extract of Carum carvi on dispersed intestinal smooth muscle cells of the guinea pig.
Al-Essa MK, Shafagoj YA, Mohammed FI, Afifi FU.
Pharm Biol. 2010 Jan;48(1):76-80.
- Antioxidant and hepatoprotective potential of essential oils of coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) and caraway (Carum carvi L.) (Apiaceae).
Samojlik I, Lakić N, Mimica-Dukić N, Daković-Svajcer K, Bozin B.
J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Aug 11;58(15):8848-53.
- Antibacterial activity of Cuminum cyminum L. and Carum carvi L. essential oils.
Iacobellis NS, Lo Cantore P, Capasso F, Senatore F.
J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Jan 12;53(1):57-61.
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