Cumin is known to aid digestion & adds depth & a touch of smokiness to dishes. Cumin pairs well with Coriander, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, chilli peppers, potatoes and oregano.
Originating in Egypt Cumin has been part of Middle Eastern & Indian cuisines for 1000's of years. In Europe whole seeds are used mainly to flavour Swiss and Dutch cheeses(like the Cumin Seed Gouda I make often) or German sauerkraut. While in France and Germany, ground cumin is used in bread, cakes, pasteries, and a liquor called kummel. It is also a component of Garam Masala & Tandoori spice mixes.
Ingredient: Cumin Seed Ground Organic (Cuminum cyminum)
Other possible health benefits:
A study by researchers at Mysore University in India explored the potential anti-diabetic properties of cumin. In this study, published in 1998 in the journal "Nutrition Research," the research team fed diabetes-induced rats a diet of 1.25 percent ground cumin for eight weeks with positive results. The rats experienced a reduction in hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar -- a condition common in diabetics -- and glucosuria, in which the urine contains too much glucose. A review of scientific studies published in 2005 in the "International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition" confirmed that a number of spices, including cumin, may aid hypoglycemia.