Plant Family: Apiaceae
Origin: East Mediteranian to South Asia
- A member of the parsley family.
-They resemble the seeds of other members of the parsley family such as caraway, dill, and of course parsley.
-The main producer and consumer of cumin is India.
- Cumin is used mainly in recipes that are highly spiced. It features in Indian, Eastern, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cookery.
- It is an ingredient of most curry powders and many savoury spice mixtures.
- It is used in stews, grill rubs, and goes especially well with lamb and chicken.
- It adds a little something special to plain rice, and beans.
- The seeds should be lightly roasted before being used whole or ground to bring out the aroma.
-Pairings: caraway, cardamom, coriander, fennel