Cumin Spice

2nd Most Popular Spice

Quick Notes:

What is Cumin Spice?

Cumin spice is a member of the Parsley family. Cumin spice looks and smells like caraway seed, another member of the Parsley family. Other popular members of this plant family include anise, carrot, dill, and fennel.

Pictures of Cumin Spice:

Cumin Seeds - whole
Cumin Seeds - ground

What is the Origin of Cumin Spice?

Cumin spice dates back to Old Testament times, originating in the Mediterranean but now grown in India, China, Indonesia and Japan.

Cumin Spice is Good for These Foods:

Cumin spice is traditionally used in Asian, Mexican and Middle Eastern cooking for curries, chillis, stews and breads.

Cumin spice is good for foods like: beans, cheese dishes (fondues, souffl├ęs), chicken, chili, eggs, fish (tuna), ham, meatloaf, pasta, rice, seafood, soup, stews, stuffing, turkey, vegetables (beet, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

Health Benefits of Cumin Spice:

Cumin spice is a good source of iron and manganese. Cumin is thought to help digestion and bloating. Make cumin tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of seeds in 1 pint of boiling water.

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