Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae. cumin has been in use as a spice for thousands of years. Seeds of wild cumin were excavated in the now-submerged settlement of Atlit-Yam, dated to the early 6th millennium BC. Today, the plant is mostly grown in the Indian subcontinent, Northern Africa, Mexico, Chile, and China.
Cumin is a staple of Indian cooking and curries. Generally cumin seeds are best used whole, and fried in oil at the beginning of a dish (the process called taarka).Cumin is boiled in water which can be consumed to ease digestion and weight loss. The essential oils extracted from cumin are very good for health. They help in moderating blood sugar levels. In fact, it is a proven Ayurvedic solution for diabetes. Cumin seeds have anti-bacterial, anti-tumour and immunogenic (immunity boosting) properties.