*Cumin seeds are the dried seeds of the cumin plant of the parsley family.
*Cumin seeds are small, oblong with longitudinal ridges and pointy ends, and are yellow-brown in color.
*Cumin seeds closely resemble other seeds from the same family like caraway seeds, fennel seeds, dill seeds, etc.
*They have a hot spicy aroma and flavor.
*These are used whole or ground both in sweet and savory dishes.
*Cumin seeds have an essential oil which has medicinal properties, and so is used in the treatment of common ailments like mild pains, colds, indigestion, etc.
*Buying and storage: Select fresh, healthy-looking whole seeds or fresh and strongly aromatic ground cumin. Store them in airtight containers in a cupboard away from light and heat. They keep fresh for about 6 months in the cupboard and longer when refrigerated.
Is it raw?
Yes and No.
*Yes, whole cumin seeds are mostly raw or sundried.
*No, because sometimes cumin seeds are dry roasted before they are ground.
Make sure you read the label.
1. Cumin seeds have volatile oils that are responsible for its medicinal properties.
2. Cumin seeds can improve digestion and relieve discomfort from minor digestive disorders.
3. It is a good source of iron, and regular consumption of cumin seeds can alleviate iron deficiency disorders.
4. Cumin seeds are also being studied for its cancer-prevention properties. Laboratory studies show promising results in this direction, but more studies need to be conducted to study its effects and course of action in detail.
5. A lot other nutrients are present in anise seeds, but as anise seeds are used in very small amounts, they do not provide any nutritional benefits.