Spice of the Month: Cumin

By Kelli Swensen, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

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Popular since the fifteenth century, cumin remains a staple spice in numerous cuisines. Known for its bold flavor, cumin adds a warm undertone to many dishes.

Taste: Warm, earthy aroma; slightly bitter and very strong.

Tip: Because the essential oils in cumin are less volatile than other spices, cumin retains its flavor when exposed to high heat or cooked for a long period of time

Shelf Life: 6 months if properly stored

Storage: Store in a dry, cool cupboard or drawer in an airtight container.

Amount: A little goes a long way. Start with a dash and add more according to taste

Pairings: Beans, chicken, couscous, curry, eggplant, fish, lamb, lentils, peas, pork, potatoes, rice, sausages, soups, stews, eggs

Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Brazilian

Some recipes to get you going:


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