Shahjeera is known in India as a royal cumin due to it
robust cumin aroma and flavor. In the western world it is known as
caraway seed. Caraway or Shahjeera of commerce is the fruit of a
biennial herb known botanically as Carum carvi, Linn. It grows wild in
India in the North Himalayan regions. The caraway seeds are brown in
color, have a pleasant odor, aromatic flavor, warm and somewhat sharp
taste (because of the presence of caravone). Seeds are hard and sharp in
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touch. Seeds can be used as whole or as in powder form. Caraway is
widely used as a spice for culinary purposes and for flavoring bread,
biscuits, cake. It is also used as an ingredient of sausage seasoning and
pickling spice. It is mild stomachic and carminative, occasionally used in
flatulence colic and as a adjuvant or corrective for medicines.
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