Properties Values & Limits
Type Machine cleaned / Sortexed/Extra Bold
Purity 99% / 98% / 99.50%
Total Ash Max. 9.50%
Acid Insoluble Ash Max. 1.75%
Flavour Aromatic with a penetrating flavour
Moisture Max. 10%
Volaile oil Min 2.00 ml/100 gms
Salmonella Absent/25 gms
Aroma and flavour

The odour and flavour of cumin is derived largely from the essential oil, which contains cumaldehyde or cuminic aldehyde as the main constituent. Other ingredients of the oil are dihydrocuminaldehyde, dl-pinene, d–pinene, para-cymene, dipentene, and cuminyl alcohol. Synthetic cuminaldehyde is an adulterant to cumin oil and is very difficult to detect chemically. The dried seed of cumin has 2.5 to 5 percent essential oil on a dry weight basis and is obtained by steam distillation.

Cumin is the dried, white fruit with greyish brown colour of a small slender annual herb. The surface of the fruit has 5 primary ridges, alternatively has 4 less distinct secondary ridges bearing numerous short hairs. The plant is 15 to 50 cm high. The aromatic seed like fruit is elongated, ovoid, 3 to 6 mm long, slightly bitter and has a warm flavour. The flowers are white or rose coloured in small umbels.

Various origin of Cumin Seeds

Iranian: Iranian cumin comes from the Khorasan province, and is mostly black seed cumin. While the United States historically imported its cumin supply mostly from Iran; ever since the Islamic Revolution, America has stopped importing cumin from the nation. It is also known as the caraway plant.

Indian: India produces and consumes the most cumin in the world, and is similar in taste and aroma to Iranian cumin. Indian cumin has an essential oil content, between 3 and 5 percent, and is brown in color.

Middle Eastern: Middle Eastern cumin, originating in Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, differs in flavor and aroma from Indian and Iranian cumin. It has an essential oil content between 3 and 5 percent.

White and Black Cumin: Aside from regional differences, cumin seeds come in two varieties: white and black. Most cuisines use white cumin seeds, but black cumin seeds are found in Persian dishes and are sweeter in aroma.

Crop Season

Cumin Seeds is grown as a Rabi crop in India and it is also grown well in sub-tropical climate too, best suited for sandy soil. Generally Cumin Seeds crop takes about 120-125 days to reach maturity level. Crop becomes ready to harvest, when plants turn yellowish brown. Harvesting of Cumin Seeds is done in the month of February-March. It requires less water and more cold for its better growth with ideal temperature of 20 to 30 degree. Cumin Seeds crop is highly sensitive to rain, if rain occurs during harvesting time (February to March) quality of the Cumin Seeds will be badly affected besides quantity damage (due to fungal diseases).

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 100gm
  • Amounts per servings
  • Calories 375
  • % Daily Values*
  • Total Fat 22 g
  • Saturated fat 1.5 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat 3.3 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 14 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 168 mg
  • Potassium 1,788 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 44 g
  • Dietary fiber 11 g
  • Sugar 2.3 g
  • Protein 18 g
  • Vitamin A
    Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
    Vitamin B-6
  • Vitamin B-12
  • *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet.
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