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Caraway Seeds


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Enjoy the feathery foliage of Caraway in your garden, and the licorice-like flavour in home baking.

Don't spend a fortune on seeds that you don't use! This packet of caraway seeds contains approximately 85 seeds.

What is Caraway?

Caraway (Carum carvi) is a European spice that has a licorice or cumin-like flavour. It has feathery green foliage, dainty white flowers and an edible tap root that looks a little like a carrot. (Once spent, the flowers yield the hard brown seeds that are used in cooking.)

Culinary Uses For Caraway

While the seeds are the most commonly used part, all parts of the caraway plant are edible. This amazing spice is used in Dutch cheesemaking (in Leidse kaas), central European rye breads, coleslaws, casseroles and cakes, as well as many eastern European vegetable dishes.

Growing Conditions - Caraway 

Caraway is a biennial. In the first year it grows roots and about 20cm of foliage, before dieing back at the end of the season. In the second year it will bush out and almost triple in size to 50-75cm tall. You will need to wait until the second year before it flowers and sets seed.  It has a tendency to spread, so we recommend that you grow it in a contained space.

Caraway is a sun lover that thrives in rich, well drained and slightly acidic soil.  By its second season, it will withstand a slight dry spell, but strong winds will blow off the seeds.   

It is suitable for growing in a large pot, so it could be grown in an apartment or patio setting.

What type of climate does Caraway prefer?

Caraway prefers cooler temperatures (and is frost hardy).  It is best planted in early spring or early autumn, when soil temperatures have warmed up.  Grow it in warm or cooler parts of New Zealand.

Growing instructions

Caraway is a self-fertile plant, so you only need one plant to set flowers and seeds. However, germination can be a bit slow and sporadic, so plant some backups! (Two mature plants produces a good crop of seeds.)

  • Direct sow: spring, early autumn (when soil temperature is 18 - 24 degrees)
  • Sow 2 - 3 seeds per hole 
  • Spacing: 20cm apart
  • Sowing depth: 2cm
  • Germination: 7-14 days
  • Water regularly - the soil should be moist but not soggy.
  • Thin once the first true leaves have formed)
  • Feed by layering organic mulch around the roots.
  • Harvest: Pick leaves after 90 days, seeds the second year after planting. 

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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