Cumin is a well dried seeds Cuminumcyminum - spicy herb belonging to the family of parsley.

Homeland cumin  Zira - the seeds of herbs parsley family
 considered Egypt and the Middle East. In his time in Europe this spice was absolutely undeservedly forgotten. However, in recent years, it was again in demand on the world market. This is partly due to the increased interest in Oriental cuisine, and in part the use of cumin to the human body. According to its taste and aroma this spice is somewhat reminiscent of the well-known Europeans cumin. That is why it is often called the "Indian cumin."


Cumin seeds have a pronounced flavor and a slightly bitter nutty flavor. They are widely used in cooking as a whole, and comminuted form. Cumin is perfect for any meat dishes, and even imagine without a nevozmozhno.Eta eastern pilaf spice is part of marinades for meat, thereby becomes a kind of shish kebab and a very pleasant taste and aroma.

In India, cumin is used to make a spicy mixture "garam masala", it added to sauces and chili curry. In Armenia, cumin powder is added in the preparation of minced sudjukh (a special kind of jerked sausages). In the East, cumin is also added to almost all vegetable dishes.

This spice is also used for flavoring confectionery and bakery products, dairy products. Pork, vegetable salads, fish, potato soup, flavored with zira acquire a rich and spicy flavor. Interesting flavor gives this spice marinated and pickled cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, sauerkraut.

Properties cumin

Spice is very popular in the East. This is due to the fact that the use of cumin to human health is enormous. It lowers blood viscosity, thereby protecting against the formation of blood clots, of ischemic stroke, myocardial miokarda.K beneficial properties of cumin true that it improves appetite and normalize the digestive process, contributes to a better absorption of fatty and fried foods. Zira is simply irreplaceable flatulence, dyspepsia, intestinal colic. It is proved that regular consumption of cumin improve vision and brain function.

The benefits of cumin health of women knew more doctors of the Middle Ages. So the world-famous Avicenna in his treatise "The Canon of Medicine" wrote that after giving birth, women should drink a decoction of cumin seeds, because it increases the production of breast milk and prevents possible inflammation of the birth canal. Modern science has fully confirmed this useful property of cumin. In addition it was found that the broth cumin received nursing mothers, prevents their children colic.

Modern nutritionists often include cumin in the different teas for weight loss. Suffice rich taste of this spice promotes rapid onset of satiety, and therefore a person eats a much smaller amount of food. Use cumin diet lies in the fact that it stimulates intestinal peristalsis and excrete excess fluid, so in its application portability any diet  Cumin in the package
   substantially improved. Tea for weight loss based on cumin easy to prepare at home yourself. To do this, put in a three-liter flask couple of teaspoons cumin seeds and the same amount of green tea, pour boiling water. Drink the infusion during the day after edyi mezhdupriemami in between meals if you feel hunger.

Hazardous properties of cumin

If you use any herbs and spices, including cumin and we should not forget that in all important measure. In addition, cumin should be completely excluded from the diet of people suffering from gastritis or gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer. Also, do not eat cumin, and those who suffer from idiosyncratic (individual intolerance) of the product. Caution should be used for cooking cumin and persons who after the use of acute and / or spicy food is often a severe heartburn. In any case, nutritionists recommend cumin to enter into the diet gradually and closely monitor how your body reacts to this new food.