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Cuminum cyminum

Cumin Jinten Apiaceae

Cuminum cyminum, Cumin, JintenCumin (Cuminum cyminum )
Plant family: Apiaceae (parsley family)
Origin: Western Asia , where it is cultivated since Biblical times. Main production countries today are India, Iran, Indonesia, China and the South Mediterranean.
Used plant part: Fruits (frequently called “seeds”).
Sensoric quality: Strongly aromatic.
It has earthy, pungent, aromatic, penetrating and peppery flavour with slight citrus overtones, which is slightly bitter. The aroma is characteristic and is modified by frying or dry roasting.
Cumin fruits Use: Cumin fruits are used as a spice for their distinctive bitter flavour, and strong and warm aroma due to their essential oil content. It is used as an ingredient of curry powder. It is also a critical ingredient of chili powder.
Indian cumin finds worldwide use in foods, beverages, liquors, medicines, perfumery and toiletries. It grows abundantly in the mild, equable climate of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in India . Rich, well-drained, sandy, loamy soil and the sun are the basic requirements for perfect and ample growth.
It is best lightly roasted and then ground in a mortar and pestle. Lightly dry roasting the seeds before use enhances their unique flavour and aroma.
Cumin can also be found in some Dutch cheeses