Caraway and Coriander Sown Together
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Magne
Posted on: March 28, 2000

We are having an idea about mixing coriander with caraway (Carum carvi). This is because Carum carvi doesn’t deliver any seeds the first year. If those two plants can grow together without competition, it might be an idea for the farmer to have some income year one from the coriander. Do you have any experience with this in Canada or elsewhere?

We have not heard of anyone growing the two together commercially but this could work, at least in theory. You can sow both at the same time (late May or early June). It is likely that the first year growth of caraway will interfere with the coriander yield, but by much, we have no idea.

If your growing season is long enough and you can sow in March or April, and the first fall frosts don’t arrive until September or October, you could try the annual caraway. It is a better commercial variety anyway, because it produces twice as much as the biennial variety, and the seeds do not shatter when they are mature.

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