Origin : India
In ancient times, cumin seeds were cursed while their were being sown to obtain a good harvest and ward off the evil eye. The Romans hung cumin sachets over their beds to prevent bad dreams. In Italy, women hid cumin in their suitors' clothes to make them fall in love. Even in Germany, it served as a pledge of fidelity and symbol to prove his loyalty to his fiancé.
Cumin has a rich, slightly bitter, spicy pungency
Culinary uses :
- chili con carne