Cumin, also known as ‘jeera’ in India, is a widely used ingredient in Indian cuisines. It is referred to as the dried seed of ‘Cuminum cyminum’ that belongs to the parsley family. Cumin seeds are derived from the plant of cumin, a herbaceous annual plant, that has slender branched stems about 30 cm tall. Cumin seeds are a popular form of spice that are known for their aroma and are used in Indian, Pakistani, Cuban Mexican cuisine, etc. Some of the major market players of cumin seeds are Iran, India, Syria, Pakistan and Turkey.
Description of Cumin Seeds
Scientifically known as ‘Cuminum cyminum’, cumin seeds are oblong in shape with deep furrows and are yellowish brown in colour. These seeds find similarity with anise and fennel seeds in terms of their appearance but are slightly darker in colour. Its flavour is peppery and penetrating, thus making it a widely used spice throughout India,