What does Cumin taste like?
Cumin's very distinctive flavor has an earthy, nutty, spicy taste with somewhat bitter undertones and a warm, penetrating aroma with hints of lemon.
Cumin's powerful, sharp flavor plays an important role in savory and sweet dishes across the globe. In Morocco and India, cumin is kept on the table alongside salt and pepper, in Europe its used in marinates and sauces, and in Mexico its a vital ingredient in many of your favorite dishes! Only recently has cumin started to gain popularity as a spice in this country, but worldwide, it is one of the most consumed spices – right after chiles and pepper.
Cumin flourishes when used with beans, bread, cabbage, pungent cheeses, chicken, eggplant, lamb, lentils, onions, potatoes, rice, sauerkraut and squash. Cumin works well in combination with allspice, anise seed, brown mustard, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, paprika, turmeric and yellow mustard.
Our cumin is sourced from India. We provide whole Cumin seeds, and Cumin powder by request. Cumin is one of the spices that has a high volatile oil content (2.5% to 4%) and once ground, the flavor starts to dissipate fairly quickly. We recommend using Cumin seeds to help maintain freshness and the best flavor. Lightly toasting the seed in a dry skillet over medium heat will release the oils and allow the aromas and flavors to bloom.
To read more about how Cumin are used in traditional medicine, click here.