Cumin is a spice that comes from the Cuminum cyminum plant. It is native to Asia, Africa, and Europe, but it is widely used in cooking throughout the world. It is the second most popular spice after black pepper.

In the Middle Ages it was believed that cumin seeds prevented chickens and lovers from running away. Nowadays it is a well known fact that it has an array of benefits such as aiding digestion by increasing the activity of digestive proteins. It may also reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.It is an incredible source of iron, this little seed has a high density in iron, therefore just one teaspoon can provide with almost 20% of the daily iron. As if its digestive properties or the prevention of anemia were not good enough, cumin can help balance sugar levels and prevent diabetes. And last but not least it is a great source of energy and vitamin B6. It is unknown whether cumin will prevent lovers from running away but it might be worth a try. Aside from its properties, cumin can be used for endless recipes from lentil salad, to Sheperd’s pie or smashed chickpeas. The options are endless.

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