All about caraway (Carum carvi), this spice with many benefits

By Hervé , on July 27, 2021 , updated on April 21, 2023 - 5 minutes to read
Caraway (Carum carvi)

What is the difference between caraway and cumin?

However, it should not be confused with cumin (Cuminum cyminum): although their seeds are similar and belong to the same family, their botanical type is different. Similarly, cumin is fruitier than caraway, which has a sharper, more oriental flavour.

How to recognize cumin?

Cumin comes in the form of small, oblong seeds that are crisscrossed along their length, but it is more commonly found as a fine, khaki-coloured powder.

Where does meadow cumin grow?

Meadow cumin is native to the temperate zone of continental Europe and grows spontaneously in France, mainly in the east, in meadows and forest edges, often in the mountains.

What is cumin in Arabic?

Its name. Carum would refer to Caria, not the dental one, but the Greek one, i.e. that colony in Asia Minor where the plant was abundant. Caraway would derive from the word karâwiyâ, derived from Arabic and meaning "sugar root".

What are the benefits of cumin?

Cumin stimulates the secretion of saliva, stomach and bile. It has an antispasmodic effect on all intestinal muscles. It is also a diuretic and expectorant. It has galactogenic and emmenagogic properties.

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How to make an infusion of caraway seeds?

In case of stomach cramps, especially of a nervous nature, severe digestion accompanied by aerophagia, or poor digestion after a cold, make a cumin tea by pouring a teaspoon of seeds over a cup of boiling water. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes.

How to use caraway?

Caraway is more aromatic and is used to season meats, sausages and stews. Caraway is used to season meats, sausages and stews, to flavour cabbage, sauerkraut and potatoes, as well as certain cheeses such as Munster and Gouda.

How to plant caraway?

Caraway seeds are sown in autumn or spring at a depth of 1 cm. Once the seeds have germinated, separate the caraway seeds by 20-30 cm.

How to sow nigella sativa?


  • Sow directly in a solid location in well-distributed soil.
  • Thin to 15-20 cm after emergence.
  • Can also be sown in September, still directly into the soil. This will result in earlier flowering.

How to grow caraway?

Caraway is sown directly into the soil in May, at intervals of 10-15 cm. It cannot be transplanted.

How to harvest caraway?

Caraway harvesting The seeds cannot be harvested until the second year, when the caraway starts to flower. Harvest them as soon as they turn slightly brown, preferably in July. Tie the stems into small bundles and hang them in a dry, airy place. Wait for the seeds to escape.

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How to treat turmeric?

Care of ornamental turmeric Turmeric likes a humid atmosphere: in dry weather, water the leaves. Water regularly during the growing season (spring to autumn) and abundantly in summer (the soil must not dry out).

Caraway is an aromatic plant with antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to relieve menstrual pain, upset stomachs and aid digestion. Infused or powdered, it also boosts the immune system thanks to its vitamin C and E content. But that's not all! Caraway also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help fight certain infections. It is therefore a precious ally in maintaining our health on a daily basis.

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