The seeds of an annual herbaceous plant "Cuminum cyminum" in the parsley family, grown everywhere from the East Mediterranean to the India. It has a strong, pungent, earthy flavour, and is consequently used in stews, soups and curries in a variety of cuisines. The seeds are oblong in shape, beige-brown in colour and are longitudinally ridged, and can be used whole or dried and ground.

spice, Asia, Mid East