Caraway seeds are brown in color and have a pleasant odor with a sharp taste. It has a narrow elongated carpel, curved and pointed at ends with nearly five longitudinal ridges on the surface. It is often considered to be seeded but it is originally a dried fruit. It is a native spice of North and Central Europe. Today it is extensively cultivated in Holland, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Rumania, Syria, Morocco, and to a small extent in England, and the US. However, Holland is one of the largest producers.These aromatic seeds are rich in essential oil, and consumed like a condiment, and medicine. They are widely used as a spice, for flavoring dishes. Shahi jeera is an aromatic spice found in dry regions of northwest Himalayas, alpine areas of Himachal Pradesh, and Kashmir, and Uttaranchal.
Buy whole caraway seeds as whole spices retain their flavor and aroma for longer if you store them properly.
Caraway might lower blood sugar levels. There is a concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using caraway at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery (3)
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