Caraway seeds (carum carvi) are also known as meridian fennel, or Persian cumin. The plant is a member of the carrot family and is similar in appearance to others in this genus. They are commonly grown in Asia, Europe, and Africa, and are widely used in many cuisines. The seeds are brown & crescent-shaped, only about 2mm long, with five pale ridges. For such a little seed they are extremely aromatic with an earthy, anise flavour.