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Being caraway-ed away
Aromatic: Caraway is a versatile spice.
One of the spices I most enjoy growing in my garden is caraway (Carum carvi). I often take a small
potted plant along to garden talks and I always come away with a few extra fans for this aromatic
herb. I suppose it helps that I take along some caraway-spiced food for sampling.
Dried caraway seeds are used
whole or ground. They have a
strong anise flavour with
hints of fennel and mint.
They're frequently used in
rye bread, biscuits and cakes, and they
help to flavour cabbage and beetroot
dishes, stews and sausages.
In cakes, I love the combination of
caraway seed and cinnamon or caraway
seed and lemon peel.
The young fresh leaves, which taste a bit
like mild parsley may be eaten too,
chopped and sprinkled over soups or
You can make a tea from the seeds -- its
carminative properties are said to aid
digestion -- but I like to grow them more
for their delicious flavouring of breads,
cakes and crackers.
Caraway is a biennial. In its first year the
plant forms feathery fronds, similar to
those of a carrot, which reach a height of
around 20cm. In its second year, from
spring to early summer, it produces
flower heads 60cm and 120cm high. These
eventually turn to seed heads, and from
these you can harvest the fruit.
There are always caveats in nature
though. If you plant the seeds directly
after harvesting them in early autumn,
you may be lucky enough to get flower
heads in the first year of growing.
Caraway grows best in full sun or partial
shade but you'll get the best flavour in
full sun. Plant in a well-drained soil with
some compost dug in.
Seeds are best sown directly as seedlings
do not like being transplanted, though
it's possible to sow them in pots and plant
them out when the first four true seeds
appear, without any major consequence.
When sowing in the garden, sow in a
furrow, and, like carrots, thin the plants,
to stand a distance of about 15cm apart.
Caraway sheds its seeds easily so don't
leave them on the plant too long.
Pick seed heads when the seeds begin to
turn brown and hang them upside down
for the seeds to complete their ripening
process. Tie a piece of muslin or a paper
bag around the seed heads to catch the
seeds when they fall out.
If your seeds are infested by insects, it
may be necessary to scald them with
boiling water once collected from the
seed heads. These seeds won't germinate,
but that's fine if you want them for their
flavouring. Place the seeds on a fine mesh
to dry for several days. Once thoroughly
dry, store in an airtight container.
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