Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is such an important seasoning in Morocco that is kept on the dining table next to the salt! It’s a component of spice mixes including Indian curry powder, and garam masala, Arab baharat and Mexican mole and fajita seasoning. Native to Western Asia, cumin has been used in Middle Eastern cooking for thousands of years. It grows on a delicate umbel plant that’s only around 40cm tall with finely dissected leaves, which superficially resemble grass. Cumin is grown in the cold season in India and China, as water stress in hot weather would make the crop ‘go to seed’ before the plants have properly grown. (Technically these umbel spices are fruit = seed + pericarp).
Why not try using cumin to make this delicious Moroccan lentil salad recipe?