Caraway seeds have a pungent aroma that comes from essential oils. Especially loved throughout Europe, caraway has been an important spice for centuries.
The aroma of caraway seeds can be described as sweet and fennel- or anise-like, and the flavor as slightly bitter. Best known as an ingredient in bread, caraway is much more versatile than that. The tiny seeds are also used in flavoring curries, soups, meat and vegetarian dishes, and even beverages.
Apart from its culinary virtues, caraway has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It has been well-known to help relieve pneumonia and a number of digestive disorders such as heartburn and bloating