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The Bedouin Company

Cumin from Jordan, All-Natural, Available in Many Sizes

Cumin from Jordan, All-Natural, Available in Many Sizes

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Cumin is the second most popular spice in the world - after black pepper. It's associated with Mexican, Indian, and Middle Eastern cooking. I add it to my red lentil soup (see recipe in the photos). I also add a bit to hummus.

The aromatic and flavorful seeds are actually a fruit from the cumin plant, a member of the parsley family. Cumin seeds are harvested by hand. Shaped like little boats, they are often brownish-yellow in color, although they can also be found in black, green, and white. Cumin has a warm, earthy flavor and aroma with a bit of both sweetness and bitterness.

Cumin is said to have originated more than 5000 years ago in Iran while archaeological excavations in Syria and Egypt revealed its use 1400 BC and earlier. Ancient Egyptians used the spice to preserve mummies. The ancient Greeks and Romans kept containers of the spice on their tables using it as a spread (much like we do peanut butter). Cumin is referenced in the Old and New Testaments (its planting for beneficial farming practices as ascribed as coming from God). In the Middle Ages when other spices were rare, cumin was one of the commonly-found spices. Thought to promote love and fidelity, people carried cumin cakes (or bread) around in their pockets. Women baked these cakes for their spouses believing it would keep their men faithful and return them safely home after long journeys.

Cumin made its way into Central and South American cuisine by way of Spanish and Portuguese colonization. It is a major ingredient in chili and curry powders. It is associated mostly with Indian, Mexican, and Vietnamese foods, but also meats, pickles, cheeses, sausages, soups, chilies, and stews.

We are Bedouin. Not only do we sell the spices, but we also use them. We can attest to their authenticity and quality. The Bedouin Company buys locally in Jordan to support small businesses, just like us. It’s hand-packed in Raleigh, NC to ensure quality control and transparency standards.

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