Even though it’s a spice that is commonly used in a variety of recipes, many people are not aware that cumin boasts amazing health benefits! Cumin has a unique flavor due to it’s content of cuminaldehyde, a compound shown to have powerful medicinal qualities. Research has shown that cumin can help fight diabetes and prevent against cataracts. It’s also been shown to help our bones stay strong and it can aid in preventing osteoporosis. Cumin’s volatile oil and rich content of vitamin A and C make it a strong antioxidant, helping to prevent cancer and keeping our immune system strong. In India, researchers discovered that cumin was most effective in blocking the action of bacteria that cause food poisoning. I suggest you check out the cumin from MySpiceSage.com, a great website and resource for a wide variety of spices.
- Cumin pairs nicely with allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and garlic. It can be used in dishes containing potatoes, tomatoes, black beans, and curries.
- Cumin seeds should be dry roasted before they are ground to really bring out their flavor.
References: Healing Spices by Bharat B. Aggarwal. Sterling Publishing Co, 2011. New York, NY.