Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum L.

Family: Apiaceae

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Forms: Cumin Seeds, Cumin Powder

Variety: Singapore / Europe / ASTA (USA) quality

Cumin is the dried, white fruit with greyish brown color of a small slender annual herbs, a member of parsley family.  Originally, Cumin is cultivated in Iran and the Mediterranean region. Currently, India is the major producer and consumer of cumin. Traditionally, it has also been used in natural remedies and herbal medicine. It is used as a diuretic and to settle the stomach and stop flatulence. Cumin Seed has a distinct flavor and warm aroma.

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Cumin is originated from Iran and Mediterranean (Southern Europe), it  is a small seed that comes for the Cuminum cyminum L. herb, a member of the parsley family. During Second Millennium BC, Cumin seeds found during excavation at Syrian site. In an ancient Egyptian civilization, cumin was used as spice and as preservative in mummification. In India, it has been used as a traditional ingredient in innumerable recipes.Moderate sub-tropical climate is ideal for cumin cultivation. Moderately cool and dry climate is best. Cumin crop does not stand in high humidity and heavy rainfalls. Well-drained, loamy soils that are rich in organic matter are best for cumin cultivation. For commercial cultivation of cumin, a field in which cumin crop has not been taken up at least during last 3 years should be selected.

In India, Cumin is majorly cultivated in Western Indian State, Gujarat and Rajasthan.  Best time for showing cumin seeds is November-December.  Cumin seeds are matured within 105 – 140 days from showing. Harvesting is done by cutting the cumin plants with sickle and plants are stacked on clean floor for sun drying. Seeds are separated by light beating with sticks.

Cumin seed has a distinct flavor and warm aroma. Dried seeds are white fruit with greyish brown color of small slender.  Cumin is available in the dried seed or in powder forms.


Culinary Uses

  • Cumin is used mainly where highly spiced foods are preferred
  • It is an ingredient of most curry powders, many savoury spice mixtures, and is used in stews, grills – especially lamb – and chicken dishes. Cumin is a critical ingredient of chili powder, and is found in achiote blends, adobos, garam masala, curry powder, and baharat. Cumin is used as a flavoring agent in cheeses, pickles, sausages, soups, stews, stuffing, rice and bean dishes, and liqueurs. A refreshing and appetizing Indian drink, zeera pani is made from cumin and tamarind water.

Medicinal Uses:

  • As a medicinal plant, cumin has been utilized as a stimulant, antispasmodic, carminative and sedative.
  • Cumin oil has been reported to have antibacterial activity.
  • It is used as a corrective for the flatulency of languid digestion and as a remedy for colic and dyspeptic headache.
  • Cumin is wonderful source of iron and manganese, which is good for health

Health Benefits of Cumin

  • Eliminates phlegm & mucus
  • Prevents diabetes
  • Increases cognitive performance
  • Helps in treating piles
  • Helps remove toxins from body
  • Beneficial for lactating mothers
  • Prevents colon cancer
  • Treats weak memory & insect bites
  • Boosts immune system
  • Helps prevent premature aging

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Nutrient Unit 1Value per 100 g
Water g 8.06
Energy kcal 375
Protein g 17.81
Total lipid (fat) g 22.27
Carbohydrate, by difference g 44.24
Fiber, total dietary g 10.5
Sugars, total g 2.25
Calcium, Ca mg 931
Iron, Fe mg 66.36
Magnesium, Mg mg 366
Phosphorus, P mg 499
Potassium, K mg 1788
Sodium, Na mg 168
Zinc, Zn mg 4.8
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 7.7
Thiamin mg 0.628
Riboflavin mg 0.327
Niacin mg 4.579
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.435
Folate, DFE µg 10
Vitamin B-12 µg 0
Vitamin A, RAE µg 64
Vitamin A, IU IU 1270
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 3.33
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) µg 0
Vitamin D IU 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) µg 5.4
Fatty acids, total saturated g 1.535
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 14.04
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 3.279
Cholesterol mg 0
Product Name Cumin – Seed/Powder
Appearance Mid brown to yellow olive brown
Aroma Sweet, strong, warm, pungent, bitter
Quality Premium, A, B and Commercial Grade
Cleaning Machine Cleaned/ Sortex Cleaned
Physical and Chemical Analysis
Purity 98% – 99.95%
Split Seeds < 5%
Damaged seeds other than insect damage < 2%
Foreign matter < 1.0%
Moisture content < 10 %
Ash content < 7 %
Acid insoluble ash < 0.5%
Volatile Oil < 1.0 %
Packing 14/20/25 Kgs  in PP Bag /Cartoon Packing or As per Customer Requirement
Self-Life 2  Years at STC
Supplying Period All Year Round
Origin Gujarat, India
Total Plate Count (TPC) <100000 cfu/gm (non-sterilized)
<1000 cfu/gm (Sterilized )
Coliform Germs < 100 cfu/gm
E- Coli Nil
Yeast & Molds < 1000 cfu/gm
Salmonella Absent in 25 gm
Bacillus Cereus < 100 cfu/gm
Aflatoxin < 5 PPB (EU)