n. [KUH-mihn]An aromatic spice with a distinctive bitter flavor and strong, warm aroma due to its abundant oil content. Available in ground or as whole seeds, the "seeds" are actually the small dried fruit of an annual plant in the parsley family. Native to the Mediterranean, cumin is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean and Latin cuisines, and is one of the main ingredients in curry powder.
I love to use cumin when I cook black beans. We'll post a yummy recipe on Friday!