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Carum carvi (Caraway)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Order: Apiales > Family: Apiaceae > Genus: Carum

Native to the Mediterranean region, central Europe and western and eastern Asia. It has been used since ancient times to flavour a wide variety of foods, including stews, sauerkraut, cheeses, breads and biscuits. It is also an ingredient in the following alcoholic drinks: aquavit, kümmel, schnapps and Vespétro.


  • van Wyk, B.-E. 2005. Food Plants of the World - Identification, Culinary Uses and Nutritional Value. Briza, Pretoria.