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Cumin powder is also called Cummin, Cumin Acre, Sweet Cumin or Anise Acre. Originated in Syria, cumin now found in many countries. Its taste and aroma is slightly bitter, warm and powerful while dishes like curry powders, chili, Mexican food, and burritos taste best with this fine spice.
What is Cumin?
Cumin Seeds are known the important part of spices of Indian and Pakistani Cuisines. Cumin Seeds are collected from a flowering plant which is known as Cumin and belongs to the family of Apiaceae. Cumin Seeds are normally grounded to fine powder which is then used in cuisines to add flavor. In Pakistan and India, it is named has Zeera or Jeera. It has distinctive flavor, is a little hotter in taste and has essential oils in it.
Cumin has a long history which is linked with 5000 years old civilization of Egypt. It has been stated that Cumin was first introduced in Egypt where peoples used it as spice as well as important component in Mummification process. Greeks, Romans, Mexicans, Indians and peoples of middle ages also used Cumin as a spice.
Cumin Seeds are now cultivated in different countries but India holds the status of world’s largest producer and consumer of Cumin Seeds. It products more than 70% of total world’s production followed by Syria, Turkey, Iran and some other countries. India exports only 10% of its total production and consumes rest (90%).
Nutritional Facts of Cumin Powder:
Cumin Seeds as blessed with several natural components. It is enriched with Carbohydrates, Fats, Minerals and Vitamins. 100 grams of Cumin or Cumin Powder gives 375 kilo calories with Sugar, Dietary fiber, Fats, Proteins, Water, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Choline, Vitamin C, E, K, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc.
Culinary Uses of Cumin:
- Cumin is mostly used in cuisines to add fragrance and flavor. It is grounded and then sprinkles just before preparing dishes.
- Asian, Chinese and Mediterranean Cuisines mostly use Cumin in most of their dishes.
- It is one of the important ingredients of Garam Masala and also used to spices which are used to flavor chicken, fish and meat dishes.
- Indian Vegetarians also uses Cumin to make Jeera Daal, Aaloo Jeera.
- Chicken Curries and Rice Dishes like Pulao are mostly considered as incomplete without the use of Cumin in them.
- Cumin is also used in preparation of Soups, Sauces, Pickling, different Masalas and several Curry Powders.
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Country of Origin: Product of USA
Storage Instructions: Grounded Cumin must be stored away from moisture in a dry place. Air tight container is recommended as it keeps powder fresh for long.