Like other members of the parsley family, the leaves of the cumin plant (cuminum cyminum) are thin and feathery, and the flowers are tiny white
Native to the Mediterranean and the rivers of Egypt, cumin is mentioned in the Bible and was well-known in ancient Greece and Rome. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to promote fidelity and was consequently carried during wedding ceremonies.
The cumin seed is a favorite flavor worldwide, making a signifi- cant contribution to many cuisines. It is a base flavor in dishes and spice blends as diverse as Indian curries, Mexican moles, Arabic baharat, and American chilli powder.