Quick Tip Planting Guide:
- Depth to Plant: 0.5 inches deep
- Spacing Between Plants: 8″-12″ apart
- Days to Germinate (Sprout): 5 days
- Germination Soil Temp: 65-85 degrees
- Planting Season: Early spring
- Plant Height: Up to 2+ feet tall
- Plant Width: Up to 2+ feet wide
- No. of Plants per sq. ft.: 1
What is Caraway?
Caraway is a biannual. This means it takes two years for the plant to mature, produce seeds, then die. During the winter you may not see any evidence of the plant even though the roots are preparing for spring. So mark your spot carefully so you don’t accidentally dig them up in the spring.
An interesting legend that goes along with Caraway is that it had the power to prevent the theft of objects that had seeds nearby and it also kept lovers from losing interest in one another. Still, some believe Caraway has beneficial healing powers and you can use the oil, fruit and seeds as medicine.
Health Benefits of Caraway
Women can use Caraway oil to relieve menstral cramps. Feeling bloated or have a bit of indigestion? Chewing on a few Caraway seeds can help relieve your symptoms!
Ways to Consume Caraway
If you want to consume the leaves, pick them when they are young and tender. The roots are also edible when the plant is young. Use Caraway seeds in baked goods, such as breads, and buns. Add them to vegetable and fruit dishes, especially curries. Use leaves and seeds alike to make hot and cold teas.
Caraway seeds have a sharp, pungent, slightly licorice taste that’s is delicious with green beans, potatoes, cabbage, onions, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, and apples. Try mixing it with cucumber and sour cream. It’s delicious with sausage and beef.