Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family. The spice is native to middle-east Asian region, and now grown all over the world for its flavorful seeds. Cumin is a key component in both chili powder and curry powder.
This spice is an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium. It also contains very good amounts of B-complex and many antioxidants such as carotenes, zeaxanthin, and lutein.
Superstition during the Middle Ages cited that cumin kept lovers from wandering. It was also believed that a happy life awaited the bride and groom who carried cumin seed throughout the wedding ceremony.