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The seeds of a plant related to parsley and indigenous to the Eastern Mediterranean. It is now widely cultivated throughout the sub-tropical zones.
Cumin seeds have a full aromatic lemon flavour and are often used ground (see Cumin Ground). To prepare the seed yourself, first roast in a hot, dry, frying pan for a few minutes and then grind using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder.
Cumin is an important ingredient in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking and is also used a s a topping for bread.