Botanical Name: Carum carvi
- English: Caraway
- Ayurvedic: Krishna jiraka, Jiraa, Kaaravi, Asita Jiraka, Kaashmirajiraka, Prithvikaa, Upakunchikaa, Sugandha Udgaar, Shodhana.
- Unani: Zeeraa Siyaah, Kamoon, Kamoon-roomi.
- Also, known as: Shimai-shembu, Semai Seearagam, Karamjiragam
Habitat: Native to Europe and West Asia. Now cultivated in Bihar, Orissa, Punjab, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and in the hills of Kumaon, Garhwal, Kashmir and Chamba. Also found wild in the North Himalayan regions. In the traditional Europian cuisine, caraway seed is one of the dominant spices featuring in several savory dishes. Strongly aromatic, caraway is a member of the parsley or Umbelliferae family; a large family of plants that also includes commonly known herbs and spices such as dill, anise, fennel, and cumin. The Carum carvi plant grows to about two feet in height and is covered with tiny, feathery leaves. Caraway seeds, having similar in appearance as that of cumin, feature a crescent shape, dark brown, with up to five stripes (ribs) that running lengthwise on their surface. Caraway harvested in the early morning hours to avoid spilling and wastage of its seeds in the field. They are then stacked in bundles and left to dry under sunlight for a few days. The seeds are extracted by means of threshing, either manually or employing machines.
Parts Used: Seed
Note: The information given above is guidance purpose only.
How to use:
Caraway seed is also used as spice.
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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