Both whole and ground cumin seeds are used in cooking in many cultures due to its beautiful aroma and distinct taste. Cumin adds an earthy flavour to foods and can be used as a staple in dishes like soups, curries, gravy, slow cooked meats, in marinades, in dukkah and more. Not only is cumin used for its aroma and taste, it’s also used for its many medicinal properties. It’s believed cumin can be beneficial for inflammation, heart disease, immunity, digestion, insomnia and to deter viral or bacterial infections.
Cumin seeds also contain Vit A, C, E and B, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, magnesium, calcium and manganese.
Let’s have a look at the health benefits in more detail.
- Boosts immunity: contains Vitamin C which helps to deter and combat stress and inflammation. It also increases and strengthens the immune system due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, which fights infections.
- Improves skin health: contains Vitamin E, which speeds up cell regeneration and healing of acne, wrinkles and scars. It also acts to reduce inflammation and fight against aging.
- Prevents insomnia: can aid in treating cognitive issues. It helps to relieve stress and anxiety that commonly cause insomnia.
- Aids digestion: cumin stimulates the production of pancreatic enzymes to help with digestion and to combat gas. Cumin has also been found to give relief for some stomach aches when taken with hot water.
- Detoxifying: contains phosphorous which aids the kidneys to function properly and aids the body’s natural detoxifying process.
- Aids respiratory disorders: clears mucous from the respiratory system and makes it easier to eliminate it from the system.
- Anaemia: as stated above, cumin is rich in iron, so it makes a great addition to the diet for those suffering with anaemia and fatigue.
Some of the other benefits of cumin include treating weak memory, insect bites and painful stings. It contains anti-carcinogenic enzymes, reduces the occurrence of boils, increases cognitive performance, aids in diabetes management and is beneficial for lactating mothers.
With all of these amazing benefits, how could you not want to add it to your meals? So try adding some cumin to your diet as soon as you can!
Uses for Cumin
Cumin is quite a versatile spice – it can be added to marinades, curry’s, soups, stews, stock, broth, slow cooked meats, rubbed onto roasted meats, sprinkled over roasted veggies, the whole seeds make a great addition to fermented veggies and they add a beautiful flavour to scrambled eggs, omelettes or frittatas.
Do you use cumin? What’s your favourite dish or recipe that uses cumin?
Following are a selection from our large range of recipes that includes cumin:
- Turmeric Seedy Crackers
- Beef Date Tagine
- Beetroot Hummus
- Moroccan Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chickpea Soup
- Pumpkin Emmer Bread (Sweet or Savoury)
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