- -Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family.
- -The cumin plant grows to 30–50 cm (12–20 in) tall and is harvested by hand.
- -The stem is coloured grey or dark green.
- It helps in digestion and is advisable for pregnant women to treat nausea and increase lactation.
Cumin has a very long list of uses and seasons many a dishes to help bring out their full flavor. Stews, soups, vegetables, rice, temperings and spice mixtures feature cumin seeds. The seed fried in butter brings a whole new flavor to any dish, especially meat like fish and various grills. Couscous, dutch cheeses like Leyden, breads from France and liqueur like Kummel are flavored using cumin seeds. It is prominent in the preparation of buttermilk too.