Spices- 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
Part Used
Cuminum cyminum
Cumin is exported in its natural as well powdered form. It is also exported as essential oils
Harvesting Season
Marketing Season
February to March
April to May
Labelling : As per buyer’s requirement

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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