Cumin, a typical curry spice
Cumin has a strong, heavy aroma, spicy and sweet. The taste has a warm depth of bitterness.
It has a subtly bitter, intense flavor, with a lingering pungency and sharp earthiness.
Before the seeds turn brown in winter, the cumin stalks are cut, threshed and the seeds dried in the sun. In many countries, harvesting is still done by hand.
History of Cumin
The history of cumin is very old, and it was described in an ancient Egyptian medical text from the 16th century B.C. It is called the Aebels Papyrus, and was written in priestly script.
In it, it was used as an ingredient in a medicine to cure stomach ailments.
It was also used to embalm mummies.
It was also used as a household spice in ancient Greece and ancient Rome.
Medicinal Effects of Cumin
Cumin is actually a spice with excellent health and beauty benefits. Let us introduce some of them.
(1) Promotes digestion
Extracts of cumin have a digestion-promoting effect. It increases digestive enzymes and promotes smooth digestion.
(2) Immunity enhancement
Vitamin A in cumin helps maintain healthy mucous membranes. Since mucous membranes play a role in preventing viruses from entering the body from the outside, healthy mucous membranes can increase the immune system’s ability to protect the body from viruses.
(3) Antioxidant effect
Aging is caused by the generation of active oxygen in the body, which damages and oxidizes cells. However, the antioxidant properties of terpenes, phenols, flavonoids, and vitamin E contained in cumin prevent oxidation and inhibit aging.
4) Dietary effects
Cumin contains phytosterols, which have the effect of lowering bad cholesterol levels and raising good cholesterol levels and reducing triglycerides.
Excessively high bad cholesterol levels increase the risk of lifestyle-related diseases, so cumin is good for your health as well as your diet.
There are too many wonderful benefits to introduce yet, but of course there are some disadvantages.
Cumin should not be taken by those who are allergic to the celeriac family. If you get side effects, it could cause urticaria, itchy throat, and breathing difficulties.
Cumin is also a pungent spice and should not be consumed by pregnant women or others who are at risk of stomach irritation.
How to cook and store cumin, etc.
Roasting the seeds or frying them in oil before grinding cumin into a powder gives it a stronger cumin aroma.
Today, cumin is applied to a great variety of dishes all over the world.
Couscous and lamb stew in Morocco and chili con carne in Texas and Mexico are some of the most famous. It is also very popular in other European countries, and is used in pork sausage in Portugal, cheese in the Netherlands, pickled cabbage in Germany, and pretzels in the Alsace region of France.
It is also used in all other countries where spicy foods are favored.
Cumin is readily available both whole and ground into a powder.
It can be stored in an airtight container for several months to retain its pungency, but be careful not to damage it as much as other spices if it is ground.
Cumin introduced in this article. How was it?
Cumin has been popular all over the world since ancient times.
Just one sprinkle of cumin can quickly transform the taste of ethnic cuisine. Please try it in a variety of dishes.
In the next issue, we will look at coriander, which is the most widely used coriander. Please look forward to it.