Cumin is the dried seed of the annual herb Cuminum cyminum, in the parsley family. It is globally popular as a flavoring in many cuisines, particularly south Asian, north African, and Latin American.
Cumin has been a spice since ancient times, known to Indians and Egyptians before the 2nd century bce. It was originally cultivated in the Fertile Crescent.
Cumin has been used in traditional medicines for enhancing appetite, digestion, vision, strength, and lactation. Cumin helps regulate blood sugar level. Cumin has antioxidant, antiparasitic, and antimicrobial properties.