HERB – CUMIN
A quick-growing, annual Mediterranean herb, with finely divided leaves & clusters of small white or pink flowers. Cumin leaf has an unusual flavour but is rarely used in day-to-day cooking. The seeds have a warm flavour, rather similar to caraway & a strong, pungent aroma which added to dishes whole lends them a smoky note. They add a nutty & peppery flavour to chili & other Mexican dishes as well playing an important role in Indian & Middle Eastern cuisine. It is easy to grow fresh seed, which is far superior to old dried seed & it’s commonly used in soups, sauces, pickles & breads. It helps your digestive system & attracts bees & butterflies. An erect slender plant, an annual, growing up to 30 – 50 cm high with a long slender taproot.
Start seeds inside 6 to 8 weeks before average last frost. Start outside 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when the temperatures are warmer. Plant a group of 4 seeds at a depth of 12 mm every 10 to 20 cm. When seedlings are 5 cm tall, thin to 1 plant every 10 to 20 cm. Grows to heights between 15-60 cm.
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