Cumin or cuminum cyminum is an aromatic spice known for its unique,
bitter and warm flavor. This pale green seed mixes well with coriander
and other seasonings and are widely used in preparing many appetizing
cuisines all around the globe.
As a spice, cumin has a distinctive aroma that is used to add spice and
to compliment the natural sweetness of a food or dish. Pretty common in
North African, Middle Eastern, and Asian cuisine, cumin is extensively
used in Indian and Mexican cuisine. It matches well with beans, chicken,
couscous, curry, eggplant, fish, lamb, lentils, peas, pork, potatoes,
rice, soups, stews, eggs, etc.
Besides this, it is a critical ingredient of chili powder, and is
found in garam masala, curry powder, achiote blends, sofrito and adobos.
A native to the Mediterranean Sea and Egypt, this spice is now
commercially cultivated in most hot countries, especially India, North
Africa, China and the American nations. Historically, Iran has been the
principal supplier of cumin, but currently the major sources of cumin
are India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Pakistan, and Turkey.
Cumin Oil…In Brief
Cumin oil is an essential oil is extracted from the seeds of cuminum
cyminum, a member of the parsley family. The main chemical components of
cumin oil are cuminic, cymene, dipentene, limonene, phellandrene and
pinene. It is an indispensable ingredient of most curry powders and
Known for its spicy and extremely penetrating smell, this oil has been
widely used as a spice as well as for its medicinal properties since
innumerable. It is often used as a dietary supplement because it
contains minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium,
copper, phosphorus and zinc. In addition, it contains high
concentrations of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, Niacin and Folacin.
Linoleic acid: 38%
Linolenic acid: 2%.
Brief History of Cumin Oil
Known since Biblical times, cumin seeds are also mentioned in the words of Prophet Mohammad.
For centuries, this oil has been widely used as edible natural oil
and seasoning as well as a medicine. Cumin was known to the Egyptians
five millennia ago and the Romans and the Greeks used it medicinally and
cosmetically to induce a pallid complexion.
Medicinal Properties of Cumin Oil
Since immoral, cumin seeds have been regarded by many as a panacea medicine for many health complexions. These little seeds have over one hundred different chemical constituents, including abundant sources of all the essential fatty acids.
The therapeutic properties of cumin oil are antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, antitoxic, bactericidal, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, stimulant and tonic. Besides this, it is also valuable in dyspepsia diarrhoea and hoarseness, and may relieve flatulence and colic. It is supposed to increase lactation and reduce nausea in pregnancy. For the nervous system, it is a tonic and has a beneficial effect on headaches, migraine and nervous exhaustion.