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a) a plant

German translation:

caraway = der Kümmel



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Sample text:

Drain and rinse the sauerkraut and add it to the apples and onion. Add the chicken stock and CARAWAY seeds to the pan and stir…

(The Food Network)

CARAWAY had been used since the ancient times to calm the digestive tract and expel gas.


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- a short plant or its small seed-like fruits which have a flavour similar to but weaker than aniseed and are used in food, especially for making bread or cake

(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)


Caraway or Persian cumin (Carum carvi) is a biennial plant in the family Apiaceae, native to Europe and western Asia. It is similar in appearance to a carrot plant and has finely divided, feathery leaves with thread-like divisions, growing on 20–30 cm stems. Caraway fruits (erroneously called seeds) are crescent-shaped, around 2 mm long, with five pale ridges.

Caraway is recognised as the most typical spice of the German-speaking countries. It is an ancient spice of Central Europe and caraway fruits have been found in numerous Neolithic villages. Caraway has had numerous culinary and medicinal applications since Roman times.

Caraway is the spice that gives some Southern German and Austrian foods their characteristic flavour. True caraway aficionados use the whole fruits, but even the powder is strongly aromatic. Sauerkraut is always flavoured with caraway and juniper and German pork roast (Schweinsbraten) typically has caraway in it, which gives the sauce its distinctive flavour. The essential oil extracted from caraway is used to flavour liqueurs, mouthwashes, toothpastes and chewing gums.

How caraway got its name is unclear, but likely stems from the Arabic "karawya" and from the Latin "carum." The German term for caraway, Kümmel, derives from the Latin "cuminum" for cumin and was misapplied to the caraway plant. In German, cumin is called "Kreuzkümmel."

(sources: Wikipedia, Encyclopedia of Spices)


"I believe it is caraway that gives sauerkraut its distinctive taste."

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