Latin - Cuminum cyminum
Cumin is a new herb in our garden.
It is a herb and is used as a spice, in many goods from different cultures around the world.
The plant itself is an annual flowering plant.
The cumin plant is very slender with sparse branches. The leaves are also long and slender.
The flowers are either pink or white in color.
The fruit of the plant is what contains the seed. The seed is the edible part of the cumin plant.
Cumin can be used whole or ground into a powder. It is used to spice dishes native to North Africa, the Middle East, India, Cuba, Mexico and some parts of China.
Cumin has been used as a spice or flavoring for foods since ancient times. Cumin has been found among Egyptian ruins. Both the Old Testament and New Testament versions of the Bible mention cumin. Cumin was later brought over to the America's by colonists from Spain.
We have a glassed in patio and we heat it in the winter. I grow my herbs year round and harvest a lot more seeds.
Start cumin seeds indoors approximately two months prior to the last anticipated frost.
Cumin is one of those plants that grows chaotically, and there is no need to worry about how far apart each seed is.
Plant seedlings in a sunny spot in the garden in good soil approximately 3 to 4 inches apart. Be sure to continue a regular watering of the plants and keep the area weeded. The cumin grows to about 12 inches in height.