Friday, March 4, 2011



  • 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.

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