Benefits, properties and uses of cumin
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Cumin in seed or powder form is one of the healthiest and most interesting spices you can discover. Do you use it? Or? How? ‘Or’ What? And do you know why it is so useful? Let’s see what benefits it brings to our health and what uses it can be made for: you may not know them all!

Royal cumin is what we call in scientific jargon “Cumin Cyminum“There are also varieties that have their own characteristics, although they don’t differ much from cumin. Among them we find the black cumin which some of us may know by its botanical name of Nigella sativa. It is often used in aromatherapy to treat bronchitis, yeast infection, skin irritation, to aid in the elimination of toxins and to stimulate blood circulation.

Among the different varieties of cumin, we also find Caraway, also called Carum carvi. It looks more like the “base model”, especially when it comes to the plant, the seeds are darker and smaller and the taste is less pungent.

The third variety we want to know is that of Bunium persicum, although we can only know and taste it in India and Iran. It has seeds that are much longer than the usual cumin and they are also much more grayish.

Cumin seeds.

When we talk about cumin we are talking about the spice obtained from the seeds of Cuminum Cyminum which, as we have seen, is a perennial herb native to Asia Minor but which is also cultivated elsewhere today.

The homeland of cumin appears to be Syria, other varieties of cumin are also found in other regions and are native to India and Iran, as well as other countries still in the Middle East.

Cumin: properties.

What makes this spice interesting are its many properties, starting with its healing, digestive and purifying properties. It is a food that is also rich in substances beneficial for our body, so much so that the Indians have used it as a natural remedy in Ayurveda for centuries.

In cumin there is a lot of iron, for example, good in general, in particular it benefits the immune system and can be used to treat anemia.

It can also aid digestion because it stimulates secretion from the pancreas. In case of abdominal pain, cramps and bloating, it can be a good natural remedy, as well as it can help stimulate appetite.

Cumin seeds are also rich in antioxidants, so much sought after as a remedy to fight against cellular aging, moreover, this substance is able to act positively in those who suffer from cholesterol, also for preventive purposes.

Cumin fights bad breath, you just need to chew the seeds for a few minutes to eliminate bad breath.

Cumin promotes blood circulation during the menstrual cycle and at the same time neutralizes osteoporosis and promotes milk production in breastfeeding women.

Cumin: plant.

The cumin plant, native to Asia Minor, has been used for many centuries, as some archaeological finds in Syria have found remains of these seeds. In ancient times, these seeds were also used by the Romans and Greeks, who greatly appreciated them at the table, using them like pepper.

Cumin in the kitchen.

In the kitchen there is a lot of cumin, it is used for its intense and slightly spicy flavor. In Indian cuisine it is used in curry, also in Africa it is included in several local recipes and we also find it in Spain, in Mexican cuisine it can be used to create a variant of guacamole and chili.