Cumin seed is used in many different cuisines, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Spanish to name a few. It has a smoky flavor and has numerous health benefits. It contains Vitamin E, A, C, iron and Manganese. It is a potent antioxidant, digestive, digestive enzyme, white cell stimulator, diuretic and has been shown to have chemopreventive properties, and it improves insulin response. It also improves cognitive function, stimulates pancreatic and salivary enzymes and is an anti-inflammatory. It also has antifungal and bactericidal properties.
Cumin has a warming effect on the body and tastes especially comforting in the winter in soups, stews, and plant-based dishes when fried in a little oil prior to adding the vegetables.
I use it liberally in vegetarian chili and anytime I stir fry kale, collards or any greens as a side dish.
If you have not used it in your cooking, you are in for a big surprise!