Caraway Seed (Carum carvi) is native to Europe, imported mainly from the Netherlands (Holland) and also grown in the regions of North Africa. This seed has a sweet warm aroma with a flavor similar to anise seed and fennel. The seeds are brownish in color, are ribbed and slightly crescent shaped. It figures prominently in the cooking of Germany, Austria, eastern Europe and Scandinavia. It seems to have a special affinity for apples, pork and sausages and the spice seems to counteract the fattiness of pork, duck and goose.
Medicinal Benefits: Consuming Caraway in seed or oil form are sold as a dietary supplement that aids in weight loss. Caraway has been shown to lower blood sugar, so people with diabetes should be cautious when consuming.