Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, which also includes plants such as parsley, celery and carrot. It is an ancient spice that is even mentioned in the old and new testament of the bible. Cumin provides a warming, aromatic, earthy note when used in cooking. Pure Food Essentials cumin powder is a rich medium brown colour. It is native to India, sourced from the rich fertile mountain regions from hill tribe traditional farmers. These traditional farmers practice only organic, sustainable farming methods. The fruit of the plant is dried and the seeds ground to produce a prized ingredient used in both cooking and for its perceived health properties. Culinary Uses Cumin powder provides a lovely distinct flavour when used in cooking. The ancient Greeks were known to keep cumin at the dining table and used it in a similar manner to pepper! Cumin lends itself well to a variety of applications including curries, breads, crackers, stews, soups, dips, dukka and pickles. Health Benefits The active compound cuminaldehyde has been shown to demonstrate antioxidant, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It has been used to treat digestion, stomach upsets, flatulence and in the treatment of laryngitis.