The above picture is of the Black Cumin seed plant. Black cumin seed is less pungent than the brown cumin seed, but certainly not less nutritious. Cumin is a beautifully fragrant spice with many healing properties. It’s not an herb, rather it’s from the seed of the plant and is categorized as a spice. A member of the parsley family, it is an annual plant. Cumin gives Indian dishes their distinctive fragrance as Dahl dishes feature this spice. It is also found in Mexican cuisine (taco spice), as well as, Spanish cuisine (paella).
I’ve been experimenting with using Cumin in Indian recipes such as Dahl, and have found that I have no digestion problems after eating these dishes. Having quite a number of food allergies, I’m on the lookout for things that taste good but don’t upset my stomach. I used Frontier Natural Products Whole Cumin Seed from iHerb and the flavor was awesome. Cooking with the whole seed rather than the powder made this dish 10 times more flavorful.
Cumin originates from the middle East and is most commonly grown and used in India, but many countries grow and export it nowadays. It’s Turkey’s second largest export of their medicinal and aromatic plants. The US gets most of their cumin from Turkey and Pakistan.
The medicinal properties of cumin are primarily for digestive issues. It is also used as a diuretic and thought to promote a healthy digestive system. It is reportedly an anti-oxidant and high in several minerals, such as, Iron and Manganese. In addition, it has anti-microbial properties helping to keep the digestive tract clean. Black Cumin Seed Oil is also high in essential fatty acids (Linoleic and Linolenic acid).
For a very easy yellow lentil dahl recipe click here.
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