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Cumin | Indian caraway | Feature | health benefits | seasoning

Basic characteristics of cumin


Cumin, also called Indian caraway, carries the Latin name of Cuminum cyminum

It is characterized by the unusual and intense taste and it is the mandatory ingredient in mixture of Indian spices - curry

Another characteristic of cumin is to speed up metabolism and helps in weight loss.

History of cumin


Homeland of cumin is Egypt. Today, it most grown in India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Pakistan and Turkey, and somewhat less in Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Morocco, Egypt, Mexico and Chile.

Cultivation of cumin dating from the time of the Egyptians, where cumin wasn't only used as a culinary spice, but also as an ingredient for mummifying pharaohs.

Nutritional Value of Cumin


A seed of cumin is an excellent source of an important element for the development of bones and teeth, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium. It contains a lot of vitamin B1, enough iron, as well as essential oils


A seed of cumin is an excellent source of an important elements for the development of bones and teeth, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium

It contains a lot of vitamin B1, enough iron, as well as essential oils that contain certain bitter and aromatic substances that give it its specific and strong smell and taste.


Health Benefits of Cumin


- Improves digestion, relieves flatulence

- Affects the normal secretion of digestive enzymes

- Relieves  pain in the stomach

- Speeds up metabolism and helps to reduce overweight

- Significant in the health of women as compensation for the loss of iron and calcium from menstrual blood

- Reduces problems related to the urinary organs

- It has anticancer property as efficiently affects the liver detoxification


Recipes for application of cumin in order to preserve health


Against flatulence and stomach cramps


Take 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, place in the pot filled with water and warm up to boiling. Cook after boiling for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and allow cooling. Drink this tea every half hour in sips.

For indigestion and bad breath


After each meal, eat a teaspoon of roasted seeds.

In case of prostate problems and urinary tract


Stir cumin, fennel, coriander, and in a ratio of 1: 1: 1. One teaspoon of this mixture pours with one cup of water and let it boil. Remove from heat, cover and allow cooling. Drink two cups a day while problems persist.


The use of cumin in  Ayurveda


Indian cumin is an ingredient of a large number of complex Ayurvedic means for improving digestion and rejuvenation. Often used as a home remedy or emergency room.

Application of cumin in cooking


Cumin is an excellent condiment for vegetables and legumes because it emphasizes the natural sweetness of the ingredients and neutralizes their pungency and a tendency towards the creation of gas in the intestines.

Indian cumin is mandatory ingredient of curry, some kind of Dutch cheeses and traditional French breads and Brazilian cuisine. 

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