Cumin: Properties and Benefits

Cumin, Cuminum cyminu scientific name, is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the family Apiaceae; cumin grows in height no more than 30 cm. and has white flowers, sometimes pinkish.

The fruit of cumin is an achene and contains a single seed; it is from the seeds of cumin which consists of the famous spice.

From discoveries occurred in several archaeological sites, it seems that the cumin and its properties were already known to the people who inhabited the earth two thousand years before the coming of Christ.

Cumin: Properties and benefits
Cumin, in addition to an 8 % water, contains of fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, sugars and ash.
In the cumin we find the following minerals: potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese and copper.

With regard to the vitamins cumin contains B1, B2, B3, B6, vitamin C, E, J and K.


Benefits and Curative Properties of Cumin

The main recognized property of cumin is to benefit the digestive process; in this regard, drink an herbal tea prepared with fennel and cumin seeds, after lunch, has digestive properties.

The cumin seeds, if chewed, have a dual property, counteracts bad breath and increases the appetite.

Cumin contains a fair amount of iron, as well as strengthen the immune system and is also useful in cases of anemia.

Thanks to its properties cumin is included in the diet of those who suffer from bloating.
Cumin Curiosity
Cumin, thanks to the aromatic properties, is used to aromatize some types of cheese.

In antiquity, in the Arab countries, cumin was used to prepare what that was believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac.

Also in ancient times it was believed that cumin had the property not to leave pets from home, a characteristic that was later extended to humans, particularly between spouses was used to prevent the removal of one of the two.

The oil extracted from cumin seems to have beneficial properties against the skin and for this reason is used for the practice of massage.

There are other types of cumin in addition to this (Cuminum cyminum) with which there is often confusion; for example, there is the caraway, its scientific name is Carum carvi, which has a less spicy taste and smell less intense.

Although there is nothing certain, there are many who believe that the name of cumin derives from Iranian city of Kerman that  once was the biggest producer of this spice.

Although in Italy cumin is a little spice in use, please try it with cheese and roasted meats.
Cumin in the Kitchen
Cumin, thanks to its aromatic properties, is a spice that, although not widely used in Italy, often appears among the ingredients of many traditional dishes of the countries of North Africa, the Middle East and India.

In India cumin is one of the ingredients of the famous curry, in Mexico is one of the ingredients of the famous sauce made with avocado known as guacamole.
In Morocco, the cumin is used to flavor the famous dish of couscous while in Eastern Europe the cumin is used to flavor meat dishes such as goulash.

In the Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Syria, Palestine and Jordan), cumin, always thanks to its aromatic properties, is used to prepare the falafel, fried dumplings made with vegetables.

In Spain and France the cumin seeds are used to flavor some types of bread.
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Every 100 gr. Cumin we have a caloric intake equal to 332 kcal.
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