Cumin Seed Powder

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Powdered cumin seed is widely used in Latin American, African, Asian and Mediterranean cooking. In fact, in some parts of the world it rarely sees the inside of a spice cabinet. In Morocco, for instance, it's as common to see cumin kept on the table as it salt and pepper in the west.

Add powdered cumin to soups, baked goods, curries, chili and rice and bean dishes.

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quick look

information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound4
active compoundsAldehydes, Pinene, Alpha-terpineol, Flavanoids
plant part usedseed

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaWarm in both color and flavor.


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cosmeticPowdered cumin is used to make poultices.
culinaryAdd to homemade curry, taco and fajita seasoning mixes. Ground cumin is also good with egg and cheese dishes, beans (especially lentils) and cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower.

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flavor profile

cumin seed

Cumin has a warm, pungent flavor that goes well with cardamom, cinnamon, red pepper, fennel, thyme and oregano.

what else you should know

cumin seed

Cumin is a member of the parsley family and native to India and the eastern Mediterranean. Both the whole and ground seed is widely used in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking as well as in Mexican cuisine. In Morocco, the spice is kept in a small container at the table like salt and pepper so that individuals can season their food to taste

Powdered cumin tends to bring out the sweetness of other foods in a recipe, although remember to observe the wisdom of the “less is more” philosophy. Try adding some to scrambled eggs, rice, hummus and potatoes.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.