Cumin Seeds (Whole Jeera)
Balsara’s Cumin Seeds have a warm flavour and pungent aroma. These are freshly sealed pack spices to retain freshness. Essential for vegetable, meat curries and spice blends. Use Cumin for seasoning meats, in soup, pickles and home made bread.
Use cumin seeds to create authentic chutneys, pickles, spice powders, curry pastes and beautiful blends from all over the world. Bake bread, craft aromatic vegetable dishes, create homemade chili powder mixes, and sip a very refreshing cumin tea or two. Cumin will also be indispensible if you love European, Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean or Mexican cuisine.
Cumin seeds are the dried seed of a herbaceous plant that is part of the parsley family. The plant is native across the area from the eastern Mediterranean to the Indian sub-continent. The seed from the plant (Cuminum cyminum) is harvested annually from the plant that grown up to 50cm tall. Once harvested the seeds are simply dried before being sold in vast quantities across the world. It is similar in appearance to the caraway seed but has a hotter, less sweet taste that makes it an ideal savoury spice.
CUMIN SEED – Health Benefits
With its complex nutritional composition cumin has a number of important health benefits.
The high levels of iron present in cumin seeds provide a key ingredient for the maintenance of healthy blood and a robust immune system. Iron is a key part of the haemoglobin that transports oxygen from the lungs to every cell in the body which makes it very important for pregnant women and those who have recently undergone surgical procedures.
Cumin has a long standing reputation for its beneficial effects on the digestive system. And recent research projects appear to be bearing this out. Early research indicates that cumin stimulates enzymes in the pancreas that are necessary for proper digestion and absorbing maximum nutrition.
There is also current research which indicates that cumin seeds may also have anti-carcinogenic properties. Cumin appears to be capable of attracting free radicals which cause inflammation and may lead to the abnormalities that generate cancer at an individual cell level.