The Ecology of Humans (57-9) Caraway


The caraway plant is a biennial herb in the parsley family, indigenous to western Asia, Europe, and North Africa. Caraway makes a good companion plant, as its scent hides nearby plants from insect pests, and attracts benefactors in the form of predatory wasps and flies.

Caraway has been a spice since the Stone Age. Erroneously called caraway seeds, the spice is made of the fruit: crescent-shaped achenes 2 mm long.

Caraway is highly nutritious; an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients.