Definition of caraway
1 : a biennial usually white-flowered aromatic Old World herb (Carum carvi) of the carrot family
2 : the pungent fruit of the caraway used in seasoning and medicine —called also caraway seed
Recent Examples of caraway from the Web
Toast caraway seeds, coriander seeds, and peppercorns in a dry medium saucepan over medium heat, shaking pan often, until fragrant, about 45 seconds.
A few of the ingredients in John's Way are caraway, jasmine, sweet smelling ligustrum and a tea made from Spanish moss.
Preparation Preheat oven to 400°. Grind caraway seeds in spice mill or with mortar and pestle until coarsely ground.
Add brown sugar, caraway, oil, salt and remaining water; mix well.
To make the light dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the bread and rye flours, salt, yeast, caraway seeds (if using), water, oil and molasses on low until combined.
Some spices - such as cumin, caraway and mustard seeds - do well when they've been lightly toasted in a dry pan over low heat or in the oven, to help release their oils.
Toast the caraway seed in a large nonstick saute pan or skillet over medium heat for a minute or two, just until fragrant.
All the varieties are worthwhile — there’s even a credible gluten-free bagel, no small feat — but my current favorite is the pumpernickel, made from rye and crushed caraway.
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Origin and Etymology of caraway
Middle English, probably from Medieval Latin carvi, from Arabic karawyā, from Greek karon
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
CARAWAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of caraway for English Language Learners
: the seeds of a plant related to the carrot that are used to flavor foods
CARAWAY Defined for Kids
Definition of caraway for Students
: the seeds of a white-flowered plant that are used to flavor foods
Medical Definition of caraway
1: a biennial usually white-flowered aromatic herb (Carum carvi) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) with pungent fruits
2: the fruit of caraway that is used in cookery and confectionery and is the source of caraway oil—called also caraway seed
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