Thursday, October 26, 2017

On the Use of Cumin

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is a small plant in the parsley family with aromatic, seedlike fruit, used in cookery and medicine.  The Prophet Isaiah mentions the planting of cumin along with dill twice (Isaiah 28:25 and 28:27).  In Matthew 23:23, Jesus berates the scribes and Pharisees calling them hypocrites. "For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 

Cumin is extensively used as a condiment on the Indian Subcontinent and some other Asian, African and Latin American countries. It does not grow wild, but has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa.  Cumin boasts a number of important nutrients that can help keep you healthy. Because of its strong aroma, only a small amount of cumin is needed. 

Cumin is a good source of energy, vitamin A, C, E & B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin, and minerals like iron, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. It is also rich in protein and amino acids, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and a reasonable amount of fats & fatty acids. Consuming about one teaspoon of cumin daily can help you meet your daily nutrient requirements.  It helps in losing weight, improving digestion and immunity, and treating skin disorders, boils, piles, insomnia and respiratory disorders. Let us understand each benefit in detail.