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How to Grow Caraway

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Caraway plants are best grown in the ground but can be grown in containers at least 8 inches deep, or deeper; fill with soil mixed thoroughly with organic material and sow seeds one-fourth inch deep in the early spring or early fall
  • Leaves may be harvested once the plant is established and at least 6 inches tall; the plant flowers and produces seeds in the second growing season that may be harvested and dried
  • The seeds may be added to flavor duck, chicken, goose and pork dishes as seeds or ground to a powder to flavor meats, young leaves may be added to salads to add a light licorice flavor or the tap root roasted and cooked as you would any autumn root vegetable
  • Health benefits from the caraway plant include vitamins C, A, E and B complex, carotenoids and magnesium, which help improve your digestion, sleep quality and lower inflammation

Caraway (Carum carvi) is an aromatic herbaceous plant, but is better known for their seeds. The origins of the name come from the Arabic "al-karwiya" seeds. Others believe the origin of the name is Latin from the word carvi, originating from Caria where the caraway plant may have first been used.

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