Cumin

Cuminum cyminum

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Cumin seeds ripen mid to late summer.

Propagation

Seed

Sowing time best in Winter and Spring at a sowing depth of 1 cm. Germination time is 20 - 30 days.

Special features

Crop rotation

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.

Special features

Origin

Mediterranean, Northern Africa to India and south Asia.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Cumin is a stimulant and used to help with digestive disorders. It ia also used with Bay-salt to treat any pigeon disorders!

Edible

Dried seeds are used in most curry and chilli powders. It is used to flavour grilled meat, especially lamb and chicken dishes.

Notes

Culinary, medicinal

Personality

Family

Apiaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Cumin plants can be attacked by aphids, also susceptible to diseases like wilt, blight, powdery mildew, and root rot if kept too wet.

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