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Cumin | Jeera | Jira

Cumin (Jeera) Seed
Cumin Powder or Jeera Powder

Cumin (Jeera or Jira) is usually used both as whole seed or ground in any curry dish which makes it one of the most important of all Indian spices. Cumin seeds can be either white or black. Black cumin seed have slightly more sweeter and delicate flavor than the white seeds. It gives a powerful aroma which many people associate with Indian food. It has bitter and nutty taste.

Cumin is an ancient spice which history dates back to use in Egypt, mentioned in bible, used by Greeks, references in middle age Europe. Cumin is also known to be an appetite stimulant and believed to ease stomach disorders such as diarrhea.

Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum
Family: Umbelliferae


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