Product: Cumin Seeds
Latin Name: Cuminum cyminum syn. Cuminia cyminum, Cuminum aegyptiacum, Cuminum hispanicum, Cuminum sativum.
Plant Family: Apiaceae
Other Names: Green cumin, White cumin, Cummin, Comino, Cumino Aigro, Römischer Kümmel, Spiskummin, Kamoun, Jeera, Cumin du Maroc, Kumino, Jira, Kmin Rzymski & Zamorska Kumina.
Description: Cumin is an annual herb native to Egypt which is now cultivated in southern Europe and Asia, it grows to a height of 20–30cm it has a slender, branched stem. The leaves pinnate sometimes bi-pinnate and 5–10cm in length, bluish-green in colour, with thin thread-like leaflets. The tiny flowers are white to pale pink in colour and are born on umbels approximately 3.5cm in diameter; each umbel contains 5-7 umbellets. The fruits are 4-5mm in length and contain a single seed which is oblong in shape and ridged along the length and yellowy-brown in colour.
Cumin seeds have a robust, earthy, and warming flavour, adding a tasty aromatic flavour to a range of dishes, for best results dry fry the cumin seeds before use to release more of their flavoursome aromatic oils. Add to savoury breads and scones, tagines, chilli, curry, falafel, soups, stews and sprinkle on to roast chicken with a sprinkling of lemon juice and drizzle of honey for a roast with a difference. Cumin works well with vegetables to, sprinkle on to carrots, sweet potatoes and butter nut squash before roasting. Add to savoury rice dishes and hummus for a warming spicy twist.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.