Cumin Powder 4oz (Jeera)
Cumin Powder 4oz (Jeera)
Cumin is extensively used in culinary practices of the Indian Subcontinent and some other Asian, African and Latin American countries as a condiment or spice. Those who are of the opinion that spices are bad for one’s health should note that cumin can be beneficial for some of the most harmful diseases, and is generally consider a boost for overall health.
Digestion - the very aroma of cumin activates our salivary glands, facilitating primary digestion of food.
Thymol, a compound present in cumin, stimulates the glands that secrete acids, bile and enzymes that are responsible for complete digestion of food in the stomach and intestine
Cumin also has Carminative, which relieves one from gas troubles, improving digestion and appetite
Due to its essential oils and its magnesium and sodium content, cumin also gives relief from stomach ache when taken with hot water
Cure and relief from respiratory disorders, asthma & bronchitis
Relief from common cold and cough - due to essential oils and disinfectant properties
Immunity - because of a host of its properties and because its high in vitamin C
Rich in Iron - therefore good for anaemia and lactating mothers. It is also known to help the secretion of milk in new mothers because if the presence of Thymol
High in calcium
Enhances concentration and cognitive function - high amount of iron causes great blood circulation - including the blood flow to the brain!
Skin heath and cure - High amount of vitamin E which is known to be great for the skin and has anti-aging properties. The essential oils present in cumin have disinfectant and anti-fungal properties which prevents microbial and fungal infections from affecting the skin.
Weight management and weight loss! it is believed that 1 tsp daily helps tremendously with losing body fat!
There's more! Even more? Cumin is also beneficial in treating renal coli, weak memory, insect bites and painful stings. With all of these benefits, how could you say no? Add some cumin to your diet as soon as you can!
More on Cumin
HISTORY OF CUMIN
The history of cumin goes back over 5000 years. The ancient Egyptians used it as a spice in foods as well as in the mummification process. The Greeks and Romans used cumin as a spice and also applied it for medicinal purposes. Interestingly, it was used to make the complexion more pale.
There is a reference to this spice in the Bible1. The planting of cumin is described and the knowledge of beneficial farming practices is ascribed as coming from God.
Originally from Iran and the Mediterranean, cumin is a small seed that comes for theCuminum cyminum herb, a member of the parsley family. This seed has a distinct flavor and warm aroma. It is a major ingredient in chili powder as well as curry powder. It is associated mostly with Indian, Mexican, and Vietnamese foods, but the ancient Greeks kept a dish of it on the dinner table, a practice which continues today in Morocco.
Like many spices, cumin has a rich history and, in fact, according to the Bible, cumin had such a powerful medicinal value that it could be used as money! One of the common plants seen growing in Medieval monasteries, the health benefits of cumin is document by the Ancient Greek and Egyptians physicians.
Cumin is one of my favorite spices. In India, it is used in almost everything we cook so we take it daily in some form. I will be sharing tons of recipes with cumin ( it compliments spices like Turmeric and Cayenne or paprika... get it in a bundle).
Must try cumin recipes
Sprinkle cumin on salads or stir fried veggies
Add to pilafs and rice dishes while cooking
Add cumin (1/2 tsp), seal salt and garlic flakes into your quinoa when its cooking
Add to lentils and curries (about 1/4 tsp per serving)
The secret ingredient to the most authentic Hummus is .. guess what? Yep! Cumin! Check out our Easy Hummus recipe!
PRO TIP - The pairing of cumin with any and all root vegetables (onions, carrots, beets, garlic, sweet or any kind of potatoes!) is FANTASTIC! Trust me when I say, it will boost the flavor manifold. (recipe coming SOON!)