Cumin is a plant that offers many health benefits and virtues.
From its name cuminum cyminum, cumin is an annual herbaceous plant with a slender silhouette.
Cumin measures 20 to 40 cm in height. It is native to the Near East and Asia and belongs to the Apiaceae family like parsley.
Cumin for the record
In the days of the ancient Egyptians, cumin was one of the most used spices. Native to the Nile Valley, cumin is also mentioned in the Old Testament and was part of most of the culinary recipes of the Romans where this spice was in great demand.
The Arabs used it as a drug by making an aphrodisiac with cumin, honey and pepper; they took it several times a day.
In terms of beliefs, cumin even had protective virtues against bad spells.
Cumin and its health benefits
In addition to its characteristic aroma and fragrance, cumin offers many health benefits and virtues.
> Do you have trouble digesting heavy dishes? Stomachic (by promoting intestinal flow) and carminative (gas expulsion aid), cumin will be of great help to you.
> Cumin also has properties stimulants and diuretics. Like anise, it promotes the production of breast milk - however, be careful not to overdo it, it is slightly irritating.
> To reduce engorgement of the breasts and testicles, cumin poultices are used.
> Cumin essential oil is used in perfumery.
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> Internal use of cumin:
Condiment: mix cumin with foods that are difficult to digest or that cause intestinal gas. Cumin also tends to improve appetite.
Cumin infusion: leave a tablespoon of seeds per cup of boiling water in contact for 10 minutes. Take a cup after each meal. Promotes the flow of milk in nursing women.
> External use of cumin:
We make resolving poultices with cumin. They make the inflammation go away. Prepare them with seeds infused in boiling water and slipped, hot, between two layers of thin cloth.
Growing cumin for its benefits
Cumin thrives in full sun, it needs warm exposure and good, light and rich garden soil.
Tip about cumin:
To give the cumin seeds even more flavor, grill them in a pan for a few minutes.
Cumin in a jar?
You can definitely try growing cumin in pots. Note, however, that the plant is more fragile. It will be less productive and of very limited decorative interest.
Beware of little animals!
The cumin will not be disturbed. Nothing serious could happen to him.
The different varieties of cumin
We only cultivate the type species.
However, there is a tendency to confuse cumin with caraway (also known as "near cumin"), which looks like it.
Cumin in cooking for its benefits
Oriental cuisine uses cumin a lot, it is mainly found in Indian curries and some Indonesian dishes. In Morocco, cumin perfumes couscous and tagines. The Alsatians use it to accompany the Munster.
Soups, couscous, kebabs, salads… Cumin is a spice that goes into many preparations. Let your imagination be free !