Cumin Seed - Cuminum Cyminum Herb Seeds

Cumin Seeds

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Herb Specifications

Season: Annual

USDA Zones: 5 - 10

Height: 8 - 16 inches

Bloom Season: Summer

Bloom Color: White

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Rich, well-drained, sandy, loam soil

Deer Resistant: Yes

Latin Name: Cuminum Cyminum

Planting Directions

Temperature: 70F

Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days

Light Required: No

Depth: 1/4 inch

Sowing Rate: 7 - 10 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 4 - 6 inches

Planting & Care Guide: Cumin

Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum) - Cumin seeds can be grown for a versatile little herb plant that has fine, divided, aromatic leaves. The flowers are small and white, sometime slightly pink. It is one of the oldest known herbs to be cultivated as both a medicinal herb and as a culinary herb. Cumin was at one time widely used as a culinary herb throughout Europe, but today, the similar yet milder caraway has taken its place. However, the Cumin herb is still used in Mexican foods and in the curry powder mixture that is in Indian foods.

The Cumin herb plant is considered to be a medicinal herb. It is used in teas to soothe digestive issues, and the essential oil is antibacterial as well as warming and is used in liniments for aching muscles and bruised areas. It is also used in veterinary medicine.

How To Grow Cumin Seeds: Cumin needs a long, warm growing season for the seeds to be ready to harvest. Start the herb seeds indoors 4 - 6 weeks before the end of frost season. For harvesting, when the seeds are ripe, cut the entire plant, tie the stems together and place the heads in a paper bag with air holes. Hang upside down in a warm, well-ventilated place to dry the seeds. Store the Cumin seeds in glass jars. Grind the herb seeds only when required as the ground powder loses its pungency.