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Carum carvi - Plant

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The plant is similar in appearance to other members of the carrot family, with finely divided, feathery leaves with thread-like divisions.
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Description for Carum carvi

Caraway, also known as Persian cumin, is a biennial plant in the family Apiaceae, native to western Asia, Europe, and North Africa.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Caraway,Carum carvi,Persian cuminGreen, White.July-August. growing on 20 to 30 cm (7.9 to 11.8 in) stems. easy to grow

Planting and care

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 1/2-inch deep in fall or spring. Once seed germinates, thin the caraway plant to 8 to 12 inches apart.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shadewell-drained soil Medium14FApply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Carum carvi

    Start with pruning shears for smaller growth. Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick. A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.

Typical uses of Carum carvi

Special features: This widely used biannual plant produces seeds that are widely used for culinary purposes with a pungent licorice-anise like flavor and aroma; a pretty addition to a garden border with its lovely white flowers and feathery foliage

Culinary use:

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Caraway is used as a spice in breads, especially rye bread. is also used as a breath freshener, and it has a long tradition of use in folk medicine.

References

  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/risearch/search.php?query=Caraway&stpos=0&stype=AND
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a556
  • http://plants.echters.com/12130005/Plant/17795/Carawayhttp://plants.echters.com/12130005/Plant/17795/Caraway

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