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If you’ve never tried Cumin before. Or you think that you haven’t then you’d probably be quite surprised to learn just how many popular dishes it features in. And for anyone who thinks of Cumin as being an exclusively tropical or foreign spice, then you may also be interested to know that this flower bearing plant actually grows wild in some parts of southeastern England.
The flavour of Cumin is quite distinct and the good news is that you don’t need a whole lot to significantly influence the flavour of your dish. Possessed of a smoky, earthy, spicy almost nutty flavour, Cumin has incredible depth to it for such small seed. Notes of bitterness and sweet lemon make it a wonderful accompaniment to rich meat dishes such as curries or chilli con carne.
With Swanson 100% Certified Organic Ground Cumin, a little goes a long way. Ground at the peak of the Cumin’s freshness and vibrant flavour, this smoky, aromatic spice is as popular in Latin American dishes as it is in Mediterranean and Indian ones. That’s why when you choose to add this powerful but delicious spice to your pantry, you’ll be embracing a flavour that has swept not just nations but entire continents and beyond.
While Cumin is thought to originally come from the Mediterranean and Iran, it has been thought of as a native of so many cultures through history already that it’s almost hard to give it a strict national affiliation.
So entrenched is Cumin in the flavours of North Africa that it is considered as essential a seasoning as salt or pepper. The seeds of the Cuminum cyminum herb (a member of the parsley family), Cumin is still kept on the table in Morocco, as it was in ancient Greece before it.
Cumin’s history doesn’t stop there either. Like so many spices, Cumin even features in the Bible, with one passage suggesting that the spice held such enormous therapeutic value that it could be traded in lieu of money. While the ancient Egyptians used Cumin to enhance the mummification process and the Greeks and Romans would use it in the belief that it would make one appear more pale.
Of course, we know it best because it is delicious. Whether you want to add depth and flavour to your favourite marsala or you’re just looking for a little extra smokiness in your chilli, there’s never been an easier way to get your Cumin fix.
Use at your liberty in Indian, Latin or North African dishes. Use sparingly as a little goes a long way.Special Precautions
Store in a cool, dry place.
Do not take if outer seal is broken or damaged upon purchase.