The obvious reason to grow caraway (Carum carvi) is for its aromatic and flavorful seeds. The fresh leaves and flowers are edible, with a light parsley-like flavor: nice in salads. Caraway also offers some valuable features for wildlife that you may not have considered. The abundance of feathery green foliage through its first growing season makes a great nursery for black swallowtail butterfly larvae, so if you find those caterpillars devouring your parsley or related plants, you can gently relocate them to your caraway patch. And in the second year, the early-to-midsummer blooms provide a wealth of nectar and pollen to feed a wide variety of insects, including bees, hoverflies, and predatory wasps. They make pretty cut flowers, too, though you will sacrifice getting seeds from those blooms, of course. I like to grow caraway in a corner of my vegetable garden, where it can self-sow and make a self-sustaining patch. Height in bloom is about 2 feet. Full sun to light shade. Biennial.
Collected in mid- to late August 2022. At least 30 seeds.
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