Although the home of caraway (Carum carvi) appears to have been in the northern and midland parts of Europe and Asia, it was known to the Arabians, and at an early date was introduced into England. In German domestic medicine of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the word cumich occurs, which is still the popular name for caraway in Southern Germany. At the close of the fourteenth century caraway was much used in England, where it was largely employed in cooking. It was not used in India either in cooking or in medicine, nor does it appear in the record of the early days among Indian spices. It has a domestic reach that dominates its every use.
The History of the Vegetable Drugs of the U.S.P., 1911, was written by John Uri Lloyd.