Our Organic Caraway Seeds are, technically speaking, a fruit that is harvested from a biannual plant indigenous to Western Europe and Eastern Asia. These all-natural caraway seeds have pungent aromatic qualities and unique flavors that are best described as licorice-like, similar to the profiles of fennel and anise. The seeds are generally used whole, and have been used in cuisines around the world to add distinctive flavors to breads, desserts, and specialty liquors. Our gluten-free caraway seeds have been sourced directly; never undergoing any chemical treatment, ensuring the highest levels of freshness and flavor!
The history of the caraway seed is a bit muddled, largely due to its similarities to so many other plants and herbs. In the Middle East, for example, it was often misidentified as cumin and in Mediterranean regions it was commonly called fennel. Now these mix-ups, from a culinary standpoint, didn’t really matter since all the flavors are quite similar. However, it makes the exact usage and historical account of the spice’s popularity difficult to follow. We know that the spice has become widely popular in Europe for centuries, where it gained particular fame as an addition to cabbage and pork dishes such as sauerkraut and sausage. The seeds were also often used to add unique layers of flavor to breads of all kinds including desserts, sourdough rye, and pastries. The spice’s powerful fragrance has also allowed it to become a popular addition to soaps, perfumes, lotions, and infused alcohols.
The claimed health benefits of caraway seeds are most well associated with traditional Chinese medicine, where it was boasted as a cure-all for a variety of intestinal and digestive problems. Today, the healthy nutrients found in caraway have been associated with being a powerful anti-flatulence as well as boasting a supply of zinc, calcium, iron, and complex B-vitamins. The seeds also pack a supply of antioxidant poly-phenols, and contain a healthy load of dietary fiber.
Using at Home
When using our all-natural caraway seeds at home, it helps to think of them as being similar to anise or star anise –in that it packs a pungent licorice-like fragrance and mellow-sweetness. This flavor profile, though a bit unique, can add a beautifully complex layer to braises, curries, and even batches of quinoa or rice. The seeds particularly mouth-watering awesomeness can be found by pairing with its traditional dishes such as cabbage, pork, and baked goods. Try sprinkling some on your next loaf of bread, toss some into a mash of coleslaw, or use it to season pork chops. If your looking to flex your culinary creativity, try infusing a handful in a bottle of your liquor-of-choice or add some into your next blend of tea to impart a uniquely delicious symphony of black-licorice flavors!