Cumin Seed - Certified Organic


Cumin is pronounced "kuh-min" and is native to China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, the eastern Mediterranean, Syria and Turkey and today is also grown in Argentina, Iran and Mexico. In our ongoing effort to satisfy the most discerning home cooks, restaurant owners and Executive Chefs we've searched for the cumin with the highest oil content. Our dewhiskered whole cumin seed is grown in India. The scientific name for cumin is Cuminium cyminum.

Cumin seeds are oval shaped and elongated with a ridged surface. They are greenish yellow, grayish or light brown in color and when ground cumin is brownish yellow to dark brown in color.

When cumin is dry roasted is unleashes a more intense aroma. In Southern India it is often roasted in ghee or oil. Our Ground Cumin is ground fresh weekly in small batches for optimum flavor.

Cumin has only recently begun to be recognized as a popular spice in this country, but worldwide, it is one of the most consumed spices right behind chiles and pepper. For cooks in the Far East, Latin America, Mexico, the Middle East and North Africa, cumin seed has long been a signature spice and is a key ingredient in various spice blends and in many bean, couscous, curries, rice and vegetable dishes.

We often get the question "Is cumin spicy?". The answer is - yes it's spicy but it doesn't have the same kind of spicy heat that a chiles or even pepper would have. In our kitchen we typically prefer to use the whole Cumin Seed so that we can freshly grind it smaller quantities as needed for maximum flavor. But for convenience sake our ground cumin is an excellent choice.

Cumin's very distinctive flavor possesses an earthy, nutty, spicy taste with somewhat bitter undertones and a warm, penetrating aroma with hints of lemon. We recommend that cumin be used sparingly as it is quite potent.

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.


CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Certification is your guarantee that this product has been grown and processed according to strict guidelines established in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Before a product can be labeled Certified Organic, farmers and processors must meet the following requirements:
No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years.
Farmers and processors pass yearly inspections by an independent certifying agency.
Farmers and processors keep detailed records of operations.
Farmers maintain a written organic management plan.

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Even though we say that we ship in 1-2 weeks, in most instances we try to ship within 5-7 business days. All orders will be shipped via USPS with Delivery Confirmation or FedEx.

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges

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I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

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Returns and exchange details

If you are unhappy for any reason, please contact me (Marty) at 702-370-0035. Since most of our items are classified as food items, we can only do returns if we mistakenly sent the wrong item.

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