Caraway Herb

Carum carvi
200 seed pack

Caraway SEEDS 200 - Culinary Herb - Medicinal Herb - (Carum carvi) Flowering..

  • Biennial 60cm
  • Culinary herb
  • Sweet anise-like flavour
Biennial growing to 60cm. Plant has slender green stems and feathery green leaves producing small white flowers followed by small ribbed fruit that is often erroneously called seed. Fruit has a sweet anise-like taste and is used to flavour bread, cheese, cakes, curries and casseroles. Roots can be eaten like parsnip. Young leaves can be used in salads, older leaves cooked like spinach. Caraway is often used as a breath freshener.  

$2.75 inc GST

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Product Description
Planting Guide

Product Description

Caraway seed 200 seeds - Culinary Herb

  • Biennial 60cm
  • Culinary herb
  • Sweet anise-like flavour
Caraway herb is a biennial growing to 60cm. Plant has slender green stems and feathery green leaves producing small white flowers followed by small ribbed fruit that is often erroneously called seed. Fruit has a sweet anise-like taste and is used to flavour bread, cheese, cakes, curries and casseroles. Roots can be eaten like parsnip. Young leaves can be used in salads, older leaves cooked like spinach. Caraway is often used as a breath freshener.

Caraway Herb is a flavourful and aromatic herb. The caraway seed is the most used part of the plant and can be used in baking, soups, stews, and other foods but all parts of the plant are edible. Growing caraway seeds requires some patience, as the caraway plant is a biennial and doesn’t do more than grow vegetatively in the first season. The caraway plant resembles a carrot and sets seed in its second year.

Caraway Herb spice is an under-used and infrequently grown plant in most herb gardens. It is native to Europe and western Asia where it thrives in full sun and well drained soil with pH ranges of 6.5 to 7.0. It isn’t a good plant for hot, humid climates and prefers cool temperate zones. Sow the seeds 1 cm. deep in autumn or spring. Once seed germinates, thin the caraway plant to 20-30 cm apart. In colder climates, mulch the roots of the plant heavily with straw or organic mulch, which will add nutrients to the soil. Germination is slow and sporadic when growing caraway seeds, and the herb may be intercropped to help prevent weeds and manage soil conditions. Very little cultivation is required in caraway growing, but adequate moisture is an important component in the first year. The foliage of caraway plants need to be kept dry during irrigation, so a drip hose is an excellent way to keep the soil moisture level up. Cut the plant back in the autumn as it will die back and re-sprout in spring. Caraway has few pests or disease problems. Plant a second crop a year after the first for consistent production.

Caraway growing provides you with a fresh source of spice that is adaptable and stores well. All parts of the caraway plant are edible. Harvest the leaves in the first or second years to add flavour to salads. When the plant has produced seed, dig up the taproot and use it as you would any root vegetable. The seeds are harvested when they turn a rich, deep brown colour. Cut the umbels off the plant and put them in a paper bag. Let them dry in an open bag for a few days and then shake the bag to remove the caraway spice.

Planting Guide

Method: Raise seedlings or sow direct
Planting Depth: 10mm
Germination: 7-21 days at 18-21°C
Life Cycle: Hardy Biennial
Plant Height: 60
Row Spacing: 50cm
Plant Spacing: 25cm
Position: Full sun / partial shade
Days to maturity/flowering: 120 flowers, 400 seed
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