Cuminum cyminum is a flowering plant, which is a native to Egypt. When the seed of this herb is dried, it is call cumin, which is the second largest spice in the world. Cumin gives cuisine a special aroma. Cuminum cyminum is grown in commercial quantities in countries like India, Morocco, Mexico, Iran, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Syria.
Cumin has a high nutritional value. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. Cumin can either be use in its raw or ground form to season cuisines. This special spice brings out the natural taste of food. It is particularly rich in iron. In some places in Europe, cumin is use as an ingredient in breads. It is also an ingredient in curry and chilli powder.

It has a peppery flavour and can easily be mistaken for caraway seeds, which are also yellow-brown in colour, and has an oblong shape. However, cumin and caraway belong to the same plant family called Umbelliferae.

Cumin has many health benefits. As stated earlier, it is rich in Iron, which is a blood builder. Iron contains haemoglobin that transports oxygen to various parts of the body. Iron is essential for pregnant women as well as generally for women.

In addition, cumin is very important for digestion of food. It stimulates the secretion of pancreatic juice that act like a catalyst in the metabolism of food. Cumin has an anti-carcinogenic property. Cumin mixed with milk is use to cure common cold and stomachache. The importance of the spice both as food ingredient and for medicinal use cannot be over-emphasized.

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