Cumin is the pale green seed of Cuminum cyminum, a small herb in the parsley family. The seed is uniformly eliptical and deeply furrowed.
Cumin seed benefits from toasting before use to bring out its aromatic, nutty flavour. Cumin is a staple ingredient in most curry powders and many spice blends
Cumin is frequently used in Mexican dishes such as chili con carne and hot tamales.
Taste and Aroma Description: Cumin has a distinctive, slightly bitter yet warm flavour.
Storage Tips Store in cool, dark, dry places.
For a change of pace, try ground Cumin added to tangy lime or lemon based marinades for chicken, turkey, lamb, and pork. Or, add Cumin to chili, spicy meat stews, barbecue marinades, and sauces. Stir toasted Cumin into corn muffin batter to create an easy south-of-the-border accent. Heat Cumin and garlic in olive oil and drizzle over cooked vegetables or potatoes. Ground Cumin is stronger than whole seeds. The Cumin flavor is accentuated by toasting.