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Cumin

Cuminum cyminum

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Cumin Overview

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.

Common problems with Cumin

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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How to harvest Cumin

Cumin seeds ripen mid to late summer.

How to propagate Cumin

Seed

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

Special features of Cumin

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.

Other uses of Cumin

Culinary, medicinal

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.