Cumin

Spices- Cumin

 

Cumin

 

Cumin has been in use since ancient times. Seeds excavated at the Syrian site Tell ed-Der have been dated to the second millennium BC. They have also been reported from several New Kingdom levels of ancient Egyptian archaeological sites.

Botanical Name
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Cuminum cyminum
Apiaceae
Fruit
Cumin is exported in its natural as well powdered form. It is also exported as essential oils
Harvesting Season
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February to March
April to May
Labelling : As per buyer’s requirement

Uses
Cumin is used world wide in food, beverages, liquors, medicine, toiletries and perfumery. It is also used to correct broken, dilated, split capillaries. Cumin is a stimulent, carminative and astringent and useful in diarrhoea and dyspepsia.

 

Home Remedies
  • Cumin seeds are used as a spice in cooking.
  • It helps to cure flatulence and colic pain. Can be consumed by children and by adults after heavy meals to prevent intestinal colic.
  • In 1 litre water add 1-teaspoon cumin seeds and boil it. This water has to be consumed the same day it should not be used the next day.
  • Cumin is of benefit to the heart and uterus and is given to women after childbirth to increase breast milk.
  • Cumin seeds contain good amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, calcium, iron and phosphorous.
  • Externally it can be used in liniments for stimulating circulation and bringing warmth to the area.
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