Our yesterday’s post was all about the comforting cinnamon spice. Today, it’s all about cumin, an ingredient that is used mainly in the Indian cuisine.

Native to Egypt, cumin is either a whole or a ground seed that resembles brown caraway seeds. Although native to Egypt, it can now be found in North and South America, China, India, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Cumin, a warm spice, has a strong scent and a somewhat bitter, earthy flavor. It goes well with other warm spices including turmeric, fennel seeds and chili.

This anti-inflammatory spice also features antibacterial properties and works as an effective digestive stimulant. Research has suggested that another benefit that it features is that it may be useful as a treatment for asthma.

Cumin is useful in a large variety of cuisines including Mexican, Indian, Turkish, Portuguese, Moroccan and Spanish. It compliments many different foods including squash, carrots, potatoes, lentils, lamb and chicken.

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