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How to Grow Cumin

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Widely cultivated and used in the cuisines of North Africa, the Mediterranean and Iran, cumin has a warm, earthy flavor that adds depth and a bit of spice to a wide variety of foods
  • Cumin is a flowering annual plant that grows to be about 12 to 20 inches tall, takes about four months to reach maturity and prefers a hot growing season
  • Cumin does best in full sun, so choose a bright, sunny spot in your garden and sow the seedlings about 4 inches apart, shallowly in the soil (about one-fourth inch deep), in rows that are 18 inches apart
  • You can also plant cumin in containers, and some suggest planting them in clumps rather than rows, which helps support the plants as they grow and keeps the seed pods from spilling over onto the ground
  • The seeds are ready to harvest when the flowers are done blooming and the clusters turn brown, typically in the fall

Cumin is the second most popular spice in the world, second only to black pepper. A member of the parsley family, cumin seeds have been prized for thousands of years and are best known in their ground form as a spice added to curry dishes.


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