Cumin powder

Cumin powder / Jeera Powder

Also known commonly as Jeera powder, not to be confused with caraway as the seeds look similar. The seeds of the plant are dried and in the case of the powder crushed. The main plant (Cuminum cyminum) is a member of the parley family although has quite a strong and distinctive flavour. Light brown in colour.

Cumin seeds contain petroselinic acid. The cumin plant grows to 30–50 cm (12–20 in) tall and is harvested by hand.

Although cumin is thought to have uses in traditional medicine, there is no high-quality evidence that it is safe or effective as a therapeutic agent.

Many Slavic and Uralic languages refer to cumin as "Roman caraway" or "spice caraway".

The distantly related Bunium persicum and Bunium bulbocastanum and the unrelated Nigella sativa are both sometimes called black cumin