Also Known as: Cuminum cyminum, Should not be confused with black cumin, the Chinese medicinal herb, or sweet cumin, better known as fennel, or caraway.
Farming Type: Organic
Cumin is the seed of a small plant in the parsley family. It was used 5000 years ago by the Egyptians as both a spice and an ingredient in the mummification process. The Greeks and Romans also used cumin and highly regarded it as one of the essential spices. In the Middle Ages cumin seed was thought to promote love and fidelity, so it was carried by attendees of weddings, and soldiers were always sent off to battle with a fresh loaf of cumin seed bread. Pungent, sharp, and slightly sweet, the greenish brown powder of this herb is an essential ingredient in Mexican and Indian cuisine.
Most often used in cooking, can be added to other herbs in teas, tinctures, or encapsulations. According to the Bible, cumin was so valuable that it could be used in the place of money when it came time to tithe in church. Note: Ground cumin should be kept in an air-tight container. Add to cooking in moderation; the pungency of cumin can overwhelm other flavors in a dish. Be forewarned that cumin stimulates the appetite and may increase lactation in nursing mothers.
In magick, Cumin seed is ruled by Mars and Fire. It was been used through the ages to protect against theft - both by baking it into foods and by carring it with you as a natural Amulet. It can be used for protection when burned with Frankincense and scattered accross the grounds of a property. It can also be used in love magick, to promote fidelity and lust.