The caraway (Carum carvi) belongs to Apiaceae (the Carrot family). It is a biennial herb that is native to western Asia, Europe and Northern Africa. This plant is 40-60 cm tall when the flowering stalk grows. The leaves are finely divided, similar in appearance to other members of the carrot family. The small white or pink flowers bloom in umbels from May to June. The fruits are crescent-shaped achenes, around 2 mm long, with five pale ridges. They have a pungent, anise-like flavor and aroma, and they are used as a spice in breads, especially rye bread, and also in desserts, liquors, casseroles. Additionally, the leaves are sometimes consumed as herbs, similar to parsley.