Caraway

Caraway

(Carum carvi) Caraway is a hardy biennial herbaceous plant native to Western Asia, Europe and Northern Africa. Caraway seeds found their fame being used in the German pretzel recipe and rye bread. A great flavour to combine with pork or pork accompaniments, Caraway is also used in desserts, liquors, casseroles, soups and other foods. (50 Seeds)

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(Carum carvi) Also known as Meridian Fennel, or Persian Cumin. Caraway is a hardy biennial herbaceous plant native to Western Asia, Europe and Northern Africa. Caraway seeds found their fame being used in the German pretzel recipe and rye bread. A great flavour to combine with pork or pork accompaniments, Caraway is also used in desserts, liquors, casseroles, soups and other foods.

 

The leaves are sometimes consumed as herbs, either raw, dried, or cooked and, similar to parsley, used in salads, stews and sauces. Also believed to have medicinal value. The roots may be cooked as a vegetable like parsnips or carrots.

 

Growing caraway seeds requires some patience, as the caraway plant is a biennial and doesn’t do more than grow vegetatively in the first season. The plant will grow to about 20cm tall in the first season with carrot-like foliage and a long taproot. By the second year, the plant will triple in size and the foliage becomes more feathery with stout stems. Tiny white or pink flowers appear on the umbrels, which begin in May and last until the end of summer. The spent flowers yield the small, hard, brown, crescent-shaped seeds.

 

Caraway thrives in full sun and well drained soil. It isn’t a good plant for hot, humid climates and prefers cool temperate zones. Sow the seeds 1cm deep in autumn or spring. Once seed germinates, thin the caraway plant to 25cm apart. In colder climates, mulch the roots of the plant heavily with straw or organic mulch, which will add nutrients to the soil. Germination is slow and sporadic and the herb may be intercropped to help prevent weeds and manage soil conditions.

 

Very little cultivation is required in caraway growing, but adequate moisture is an important component in the first year. The foliage of caraway plants need to be kept dry during irrigation, so a drip hose is an excellent way to keep the soil moisture level up. Cut the plant back in autumn as it will die back and re-sprout in spring. Caraway has few pests or disease problems.

 

Plant a second crop a year after the first for consistent production. Harvest the leaves in the first or second years to add flavour to salads. When the plant has produced seed, dig up the taproot and use it as you would any root vegetable. The seeds are harvested when they turn a rich deep brown color. Cut the umbels off the plant and put them in a paper bag. Let them dry in an open bag for a few days and then shake the bag to remove the caraway spice.

 

Seeds/Packet: (min. 50 Seeds)

 

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