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