Detailed Product Description
Cumin seeds are the seeds ofCuminum cyminum, which belongs to the parsley family. It is pale green in colorand elliptical in shape with deep furrows.
Cuminseeds has a penetrating flavour and aroma. Cumin seeds are used commercially asa principal ingredient in curry powder and is extensively used in Mexicandishes and marinades for meats.
Cuminis an annual herbaceous plant native to Eastern Mediterranean region and ispopularly used for food flavoring, aroma. The seeds of the plant are used inwhole or powdered form in food processing industry.
Indian Name: Jeera
Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum
Family Name: Apiaceae
Parts Used: Seeds
Habitat: Mediterranean Region
The aromaticseed-like fruit, commonly known as `seed`, is elongated, oval, approximately 6mm long and light yellowish brown in color, somewhat similar to caraway seedbut slightly longer. The odor is peculiar, strong and heavy, pleasant to someand rather disagreeable to others, while flavor is warm, slightly bitter andsomewhat disagreeable.
The physico-chemical composition of cumin seedsis as follows:
Moisture: 6.2 %
Crude fiber:9.1 %
Total ash:7.7 %
Vitamin B1: 0.73mg/100g.
Niacin: 2.5 mg/100g
Calorific value: 460calories/100g.
The seed yieldvolatile oil 0on an average 3.1 %.
Cumin is widely usedin traditional and herbal medicinal system for being a natural stimulant,carminative and having antimicrobial properties.
- It is also used for flavoring dishes, biscuits, confectionery and other spicy products.
- It is also used in different industries for its essential oil.