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Cuminum cyminum is commonly known as Cumin. It is a flowering herb plant in the carrot family, Apiaceae and it is used medicinally and culinarily. Frequently confused with caraway, which it resembles in appearance, though not in taste, cumin being far more powerful. Plants do not produce a great number of seeds each, each fruit will dry to produce one seed.
Cumin seeds ripen mid to late summer.
Sowing time best in Winter and Spring at a sowing depth of 1 cm. Germination time is 20 - 30 days.
Rotate with other crops because cumin is a heavy feeder!
Attracts useful insects
Attracts parasitic wasps and predatory flies, which will hunt insect pests on nearby crops.
Mediterranean, Northern Africa to India and south Asia.
Soil PH preference
Cumin is a stimulant and used to help with digestive disorders. It ia also used with Bay-salt to treat any pigeon disorders!
Dried seeds are used in most curry and chilli powders. It is used to flavour grilled meat, especially lamb and chicken dishes.
Cumin plants can be attacked by aphids, also susceptible to diseases like wilt, blight, powdery mildew, and root rot if kept too wet.