About Cumin Seeds Whole
The dried fruit of an annual plant related to parsley and indigenous to the upper Nile, Cumin has a warm, spicy taste, with a biting edge, similar to caraway. But Cumin is earthy rather than sweet, like caraway, and extremely aromatic.
Cumin, either whole or ground, features in most Indian savoury mixtures and curry seasonings and is also an important ingredient of Garam Masala. For a change of pace, try ground Cumin added to tangy lime or lemon based marinades. Or, add Cumin to chilli, spicy stews, barbecue marinades, and sauces. Heat Cumin and garlic in olive oil and drizzle over cooked vegetables or potatoes. Cumin seeds, rather than ground Cumin, will retain their potency for extended periods of time.