We thought we knew all there was to know about cumin. But after completing our research this week, we discovered there are so many hidden features of this amazing plant that you wouldn’t even know. We talk about this in-depth in the nutrition section of the podcast, because cumin is one of the most iron dense foods on the planet! Crazy right?!
In this episode, you’ll learn more about cumin and become an overnight expert, with the ability to grow your own and incorporate this wonderful plant, together with its seeds your daily life. Allowing you to reap the benefits of these nutritious plants.
- While not known exactly the origin of cumin is generally thought to be in the region of the southwest Mediterranean stretching through the middle east to India. Excavation sites in Syria & Egypt uncovered traces dating back approx. 4000yrs. It was thought to be used both as a spice and as an element in preserving mummies.
- The Roman writer Pliny highly recommended cumin and wrote: Yet of all the seasonings which gratify a fastidious taste, cumin is the most agreeable. Pliny also mentioned that cumin mixed with water commonly was used to treat stomach aches.
Nutrition & Medicinal
- One tablespoon of Cumin has 6mg of iron, which accounts for approximately 75% of your recommended daily iron intake. Lets put this into some perspective. 100g of Spinach has 2.7mg, Broccoli – 0.7mg, Lentils – 6.5mg and Tofu – 2.7mg.
- Cumin has properties that can aid in reducing your cholesterol. In a study, a dose of 75 mg of cumin was taken twice daily for eight weeks, resulting in a decreased unhealthy blood triglycerides.
- Cumin is often described as a warming spice, but if you crush a whole seed between your teeth you will also notice a slight menthol quality akin to fennel seed or caraway.
- Most of the cumin you will find for cooking is white cumin where the seeds are a light brown, but there is also a black cumin seed that comes from the Cuminum nigrum plant and is prized in North Indian and Pakistani cuisine.
- Cumin plants easily grow both indoors and outdoors and are one of the easiest plants to grow.
- Harvesting of the cumin seeds will only take approximately 4 months of growth.
Recipes with Cumin
Full Transcript of Podcast about Cumin