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What is cumin? About the ingredient cumin. Including 2,208 recipes with cumin, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family. The cumin plant grows to 30–50 cm (0.98–1.6 ft) tall and is harvested by hand.

Cumin is the second most popular spice in the world after black pepper.

Although cumin seeds contain a relatively large percentage amount of iron, extremely large quantities of cumin would need to be consumed for it to serve as a significant dietary source.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tbsp, whole (6g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 22Calories from Fat 12
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2.7g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars 0.1
Protein 1.1g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 6% Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Cumin is usually found in the spices section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Cumin is a member of the Spices and Herbs USDA nutritional food group.

How much does cumin weigh?

measure grams
1 tbsp, whole 6
1 tsp, whole 2

In Chinese:小茴香
British (UK) term: Cumin
en français:cumin
en español:comino

Recipes using cumin

There are 2087 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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A Very Tasty Chili
A Working Woman's Chili
Absolutely Perfect Palak Paneer
African Spiced Carrots
Algerian Green Beans with Almonds
Alice's Crockpot Chili
Almond Butter and Sour Cream Hummus
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