Caraway is a unique spice that has long been used in cooking and as a herbal medicine. Although often considered a seed, this small, brown pit is actually the dried fruit of the cumin plant (Carum carvi L.) Its slightly bitter, earthy taste is reminiscent of licorice, coriander, anise and fennel. It can be used whole or ground in both sweet and savory dishes, such as breads, pastries, curries, and stews. Sometimes it is injected into spirits and liqueurs as well. When used medicinally, caraway can be prepared as tea or taken as a supplement.
Research shows that the aromatic compounds responsible for its distinct taste may also provide health benefits, such as improving digestion.
Potential health benefits
- May reduce inflammation
- May encourage healthy digestion
- Can promote weight loss
Caraway is best known as an ingredient in rye and soda bread, but can also be used in other baked goods, such as muffins, biscuits, croutons, dinner rolls, and French toast. It adds a peppery, warm body to fruit-based desserts and sweets such as pies, tarts, jams, jellies, and creams. It can also be used in savory foods such as meat marinades, curries, cooked, soups, stews, and sauces. In addition, you can try it as a seasoning for roasted vegetables or add it to pickled or fermented foods such as sauerkraut. Alternatively, add the seed of the caraway in hot water to make a relaxing tea.