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.
Cumin can be used ground or as whole seeds.It imparts an earthy, warming and aromatic character to food, making it a staple in certain stews and soups, as well as spiced gravies such as curry and chili. It is also used as an ingredient in some pickles and pastries.
Using cumin as a spice increases antioxidant intake, promotes digestion, provides iron, may improve blood sugar control and may reduce food-borne illnesses. Taking higher doses in supplement form has been linked to weight loss and improved blood cholesterol, though more research is needed.
- Contains antioxidants. Cumin seeds contain naturally occurring substances that work as antioxidants.
- Has anticancer properties.
- May help treat diarrhea. ...
- Helps control blood sugar.
- Fights bacteria and parasites.
- Has an anti-inflammatory effect.
- May help lower cholesterol.
- Aids in weight loss.