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Definition: Cumin

A very aromatic seed, sold in both solid and ground format and comes from a small plant that is a member of the parsley family. Although the plant is native to the Nile Valley, it is now cultivated all over the world. Cumin seeds look like anise, dill or caraway seeds and are used in curries, chili powder, meat stews, Mexican dishes, sausages, Indian dishes and chutney. The Dutch and Swiss use cumin seeds in cheeses and in Alsace and Germany they are indispensable to sauerkraut dishes.

Also known as comino, Cumin is the second most popular spice in the world, right behind black pepper. Its aromatic, nutty-flavored seeds come in three colors: amber (the most widely available), white and black (both found in Asian markets). White cumin seed is interchangeable with amber, but the black seed has a more complex, peppery flavor.

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Ladytronic Ladytronic 10 years
i love cumin !! although it smells funny and i used to work with a guy who had B.O. and we called him the human cumin
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
I just asked my dad to send me some cumin because I can't find it in Finland. :( Well the spice they call cumin is actually caraway.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Ohhhh lemuse!! My dad makes the BEST chili and he puts a lot of cumin in it. I love the smokey flavor :)
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
I don't like cumin. We have a chili recipe that calls for it and we omit it because it just tastes funny.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
My grandmother adds a dash or two of cumin to her soups to bring the flavors together and make them more noticeable. And it works. I'm all in.
aembry396 aembry396 10 years
I was just wondering what cumin was last night...I was kinda wondering if there is a similar to another type of spice to substitute in a pinch Preppy to the max!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
One of my favorites too! Great in stews that include Beef. Cumin is used in Indian dishes almost all the time.
BrunetteSugar BrunetteSugar 10 years
This is one of my favorite spices... It has great flavor and even better smell! Its the best in Mexican food!!!! YUM!
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