Dried fruit, commonly called the seed, of Carum carvi, a biennial herb of the parsley family. Native to Europe and western Asia, it has been cultivated since ancient times. It has a distinctive aroma and a warm, slightly sharp taste. It is used as a seasoning, and the oil is used to flavor alcoholic beverages and as a medicine.
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There were 547 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $22,279, and the median income for a family was $26,600. Males had a median income of $25,809 versus $17,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,647. About 21.9% of families and 26.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.1% of those under age 18 and 35.6% of those age 65 or over.