- Cumin is native to the East Mediterranean area.
- It is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum Cyminum
- Member of the parsley family
- Grows to 30-50 cm tall
- Cumin seeds resemble Caraway seeds
- Can be used ground or whole seeds
- Superstition during the middle ages cited cumin as keeping chickens and lovers from wandering
- It was also believed a happy life awaited the bride and groom who carried cumin seed throughout the wedding ceremony.
- South Asia- Cumin tea (dry seeds boiled in hot water) is used to distinguish false labor (due to gas) from real labor.
-Sri Lanka- Toasting cumin seeds and then boiling them in water makes a tea used to soothe acute stomach problems.
-Cumin aids digestion by stimulating enzymes to break down food.