Healthy Foods: Cumin

johnnydod By johnnydod, 24th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Lets take a look at a spice called Cumin, read on to find out how it can help to spice up your life in more ways than you might think.

Spicing things up.

Cumin is a seed not only used in spicing up foods, but also has some other amazing properties, this seed from the parsley family has been used for spicing food as well as for its medicinal use for well over 500 hundred years in fact it can be traced as far back as the second millennium BC, it was used in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, Cumin is also mentioned in the bible.

A lovely superstition was that Cumin seeds stopped lovers and chickens from wondering, it was put on the table along with salt and pepper to shake and food, in fact many is still used in this way in some Middle Eastern regions including Malta. Some of the health claims are that Cumin will help.

  • Diarrhoea
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Atonic dyspepsia
  • Morning sickness
  • Flatulence
  • Piles
  • Boils
  • Asthma and Bronchitis

Studies have shown that cumin seeds might even have anti-carcinogenic properties.

Widely used in Ayurvedic

To use cumin to help treat any of these conditions, you need to make a tea made up from 1 teaspoon seeds to 1 glass water, the seeds have to be boiled to get the full potential if you mix salt and a teaspoon of coriander leaf juice it becomes a little more palatable.

Cumin also has good antiseptic properties so in that respect it can be used for a verity of things including treating the common cold.
Aficionado’s of Ayurvedic medicine,” Ayurvede means "the complete knowledge for long life”) believe the human body should be balanced between its physical as well as its spiritual side, and one of the way to achieve this is through the proper spicing of foods cumin with its many healing properties is listed high in the spice recommended.
Boiled cumin seeds with a little dry ginger added is very good for soothing a sore throat.

The spice of life

One of the best ways of taking Cumin is in a bowl of curry or a nice “Tarka dal” and to be honest added to BBQ spare ribs it makes all the difference, the next time you make a roast try adding a little Olive oil ground cumin and fresh thyme leaves to your parsnips and carrots, for that little extra yummyness.

So if you want to keep your wife as well as your chickens from straying whilst at the same time treating your piles, you know what to do, spice up your life as well as your health with Cumin.

Found all over

Widely used in:-

  • Indian
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese
  • Mexican
  • north African, middle Eastern and eastern European cuisines.
  • It adds both aroma and a warmth to dishes.

Americans pronounce it "comein" whereas Europeans pronounce "CU-min" and just to make things interesting in India it called "Jeera." so there ya go.

The correct prounciation is CU- min. otherwise we get in all sorts of problems.

I went to sunny Mexico
to taste exotic food.
There I found a brand new spice
who's name seemed rather rude.
Since then I learned to love that taste
acquired way down south,
There's nothing quite like cumin,
cumin in your mouth!

See what I mean!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Feb 2011 (#)

I do the cooking in our home, and I do use Cumin.. its one of the few spices my wife actually likes!

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author avatar johnnydod
25th Feb 2011 (#)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
25th Feb 2011 (#)

Hi Johnny. I did send a note to Wikinut about this kind of spamming. This person is hitting articles all over the site. If I might make a suggestion, Wikinut should give an author the edit power to remove comments from his articles by adding a remove comment button to their article comments. Many sites that I write for does give the writer this option and no one seems to abuse the privilege. It also stops a lot of spamming because the spammer know that their comments will be removed quickly.

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author avatar Martin King
25th Feb 2011 (#)

Thanks for the share I enjoyed the read

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author avatar Carol
25th Feb 2011 (#)

Thanks for that. Cumin is a spice I have used , glad that it is good for us.

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author avatar johnnydod
25th Feb 2011 (#)

Jerry I have requested that, but so far no answer

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author avatar James R. Coffey
25th Feb 2011 (#)

Very nice presentation, Johnny! (There is no shortage of unscrupulous, unprincipled jerks around!)

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25th Feb 2011 (#)

JOHNNY CAN YOU ANSWER THIS QS PLEASE THANKSThanks for the tips. Just a question, how true if No. 5? In Bronnamdi's first month article, he had more than 2000 page reads but earning only £0.093, so I am a bit confused about it. You might want to check out his article for confirmation. Thanks in advance.

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author avatar johnnydod
25th Feb 2011 (#)

If you want to know how the earnings are calulated check on the help file LH.
I am a moderator not the owner of Wikinut

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Feb 2011 (#)

Johnny, this was an informative and amusing article. Your poem made me laugh out loud...Great work and share...

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author avatar c4collins
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Great information...thanks for sharing!!

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author avatar Ayndhria Soung
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

So now I finally know what cumin is...I received it as a Christmas gift and wondered about its properties, then never got around to looking it up. Thanks for the info and loved the poem!

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author avatar Retired
10th Mar 2011 (#)

I do use it, but will use it more now. Thanks

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