Cumin (Jeera) seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive flavor and aroma. In India, cumin has been used for millennia as a traditional ingredient of innumerable masalas, soups and other spiced gravies. It is used as a condiment, and is an ingredient in curry powders, seasonings of breads, cakes and cheese. Cumin can be used ground or as whole seeds. It helps to add an earthy and warming feeling to food, making it a staple in certain stews and soups, as well as spiced gravies such as chili. It is also used as an ingredient in some pickles and pastries. It is a flavor which gives a strong, unique and soothing fragrance. These are wealthy in the Vitamin C and contain anti fungal properties. Valued for its distinctive aroma and nutritious flavor, cumin is the second most popular spice in the world after black pepper.
It helps digestion, beats constipation, fights cancer, regulates blood pressure and heart rate, relieves asthma and cold, helps prevent anemia and others.
It is mostly cultivated in parts of India, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Mexico, Chile, China, Malta, Sicily and Saudi Arabia.