The aroma of cumin is often used to add a spicy flavor and warmth to cooking. Cumin ground on the exterior of food, such as an eggplant or tomato dish can also help coat it with spices for further flavoring. The savory and spicy taste of cumin can be enjoyed in dishes from around the world, but it is most commonly found ground up as part of a curry.
Origin: Mediterranean, Africa, India
Flavor Profile: nutty flavor and earthy aroma.
Used in: Curries, Chili Powders, pickling spices, soups, stews, and bread
Health Benefits: Cumin seeds are purported to aid digestion and stimulate appetite because they contain riboflavin, vitamin B6, iron, copper and manganese.