If you find yourself in a cooking rut, reach for some cumin! It's nutty, peppery flavor can liven up any meal and is packed with a variety of health benefits. Often found in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines, you may recognize this spice as a part of many delicious curry dishes. Fun Fact - The combination of cumin, black pepper and honey is considered to be an aphrodisiac in certain Middle Eastern countries.

Selection Process

Try to buy the whole seeds instead of the powder, as the seeds are much more potent and the powder tends to lose its flavor. Search local ethnic markets for the best deals and quality. Store in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place. Ground cumin will keep for up to 6 months and the seeds will stay good for about a year.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tbsp, whole (6.0 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 22.5

% Daily Value*

Total fat 1.3g 2.1%

Saturated Fat 0.1g 0.5%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 10.1mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 2.7g 0.9%

Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2.5%

Sugars 0.1g

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 1.1g

Vitamin A 1.5% Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 5.6% Iron 22.1%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 0.7%
Vitamin K 0.4% Thiamin 2.5%
Riboflavin 1.2% Niacin 1.4%
Vitamin B-6 1.3% Folate 0.2%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Phosphorus 3.0%
Magnesium 5.5% Zinc 1.9%
Selenium 0.4% Copper 2.6%
Manganese 10.0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.