The aromatic seed like fruit is elongated, ovoid, 3 to 6 mm long, slightly bitter and has a warm flavour. The flowers are white or rose coloured in small umbels.
Cumin seed have an aromatic odour and bitter taste. It is used as a condiment, and is an ingredient in food. In medicine, it is used as a stimulant, carminative, stomachic and astringent. Cumin seed oil is used in perfumery and for flavouring liqueurs and cordials.
Cumin was also noted for cosmetic properties. It is a rich source of iron.