Cumin: health benefits and virtues


Cumin is a plant that offers many health benefits and virtues.

Named cuminum cyminum, cumin is an annual herbaceous plant with a slender silhouette.

Caraway measures 20 to 40 cm in height. It is native to the Near East and Asia and belongs to the Apiaceae family like parsley.

Cumin for the story

In the time of the ancient Egyptians, cumin was one of the most widely used spices. Native to the Nile valley, cumin is also mentioned in the Old Testament and was part of most Roman recipes where this spice was highly sought after.

The Arabs used it as a drug by making an aphrodisiac with cumin, honey and pepper; they took it several times a day.

On the belief side, cumin even had protective virtues against bad spells.

Cumin and its health benefits

In addition to its characteristic aroma and fragrance, cumin offers many health benefits and virtues.

> Having trouble digesting food that’s a little heavy? Stomachic (by promoting intestinal flow) and carminative (helps to expel gas), cumin will be a great help.

> Cumin also has properties stimulants and diuretics . Like aniseed, it promotes the production of breast milk – but be careful not to overuse it, it is slightly irritating.

> To reduce engorgement of the breasts and testicles, caraway poultices are used.

> Cumin essential oil is used in perfumery.

Did you know that?

> Internal use of cumin :

Condiment: mix cumin with foods that are difficult to digest or cause intestinal gas. Cumin also tends to improve the appetite.

Cumin infusion: leave one spoonful of seeds in contact with one cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Take one cup after each meal. Helps breastfeeding women’s milk supply.

> External use of cumin :

We make resolving poultices with cumin. They take away the inflammation. They are prepared with seeds infused in boiling water and slipped, warm, between two layers of fine linen.

Cultivate cumin for its benefits

Cumin thrives in full sun, it needs warm exposure and good, light and rich garden soil.

Tip about cumin:

To give the cumin seeds even more flavour, toast them in a pan for a few minutes.

Potted cumin?

You can definitely try growing cumin in pots. However, be aware that the plant is more fragile. It will be less productive and of very limited decorative interest.

Beware of little beasts!

The cumin will not be disturbed. Nothing serious can happen to it.

The different varieties of cumin

We only grow the typical species.

However, there is a tendency to confuse cumin with caraway (also known as “meadow cumin”), which resembles it.

Cumin in the kitchen for its benefits

Cumin is used a lot in oriental cuisine, it is mainly found in Indian curries and some Indonesian dishes. In Morocco, cumin perfumes couscous and tagines. The Alsatians use it to accompany munster.

Gourmet ideas :

Soups, couscous, skewers, salads… Cumin is a spice that is used in many preparations. Let your imagination run wild!

Blandine Merlin