Caraway Seed, Carum carvi, is a member of the Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae) family, also known as the parsley family, and is closely related to anise, asafoetida, caraway, carrot, celery, chervil, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, and parsnip. Native to the Mediterranean, Northern Africa and Central Europe, Caraway may be best known as the seed that flavors rye bread.
Caraway is also called Ge lu zi (Mandarin), Karaway, Karawiaa, Karawiya (Arabic), Alcaravea, Carvi (Spanish), Kummel (German), Alcaravia (Portuguese), Tmin (Russian), Cumin des prés, Carvi, Grains de carvi (French), Himeuikyo, Kyarawei (Japanese) and Vilayati jira, Sajeera, Sajira (Hindi). It is also known as Meridian fennel or Persian cumin.
Caraway Seed contains between 3-7% essential oil.