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caraway

caraway, biennial Old World plant ( Carum carvi ) of the family Umbelliferae ( parsley family), cultivated in Europe and North America for its aromatic seeds. They are small and ovate, with a pleasant spicy flavor, and are used as a condiment as seasoning of pastry and bread doughs, cabbage, sausage, and some kinds of cheese and as flavoring for certain liqueurs (as kümmel). The volatile oil expressed from the seeds is a stimulant and a carminative. Caraway is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Umbellales, family Umbelliferae.

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