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Kumin, or Roman cumin, is not the same as cumin. Cumin (Roman cumin) has slightly different healing properties, and thus - it has found a slightly different use in medicine and cooking. What application did cumin find? What to replace cumin? Where can you buy it and what is its price?

Kumin , i.e.Roman cumin , is a spice from Egypt which - thanks to itsproperties - found a wideapplicationin medieval Europe, both in medicine and in the kitchen. Currently, cumin (Roman cumin) is grown in Morocco, Iran, Turkey, India, China and the Americas. The most popular in Mediterranean cuisine for its taste and aroma.


  1. Kumin (Roman cumin) - he alth properties
    • Kumin (Roman cumin) supports the treatment of anemia
    • Kumin (Roman cumin) lowers cholesterol
    • Kumin (Roman cumin) supports the digestive system
    • Kumin (Roman cumin) lowers blood sugar
    • Cumin (Roman Cumin) - Nutritional Facts
    • Kumin (Roman cumin) for respiratory conditions
    • Cumin (Roman Cumin) and Epilepsy
    • Kumin (Roman cumin) has a beneficial effect on the skin
    • Cumin (Roman cumin) and pregnancy and lactation
  2. Kumin (Roman cumin) - use in the kitchen
  3. Kumin (Roman cumin) - where to buy? Cumin price
  4. Kumin (Roman cumin) - what is it added to?
  5. Kumin a cumin

Kumin (Roman cumin) - he alth properties

  • Kumin (Roman cumin) supports the treatment of anemia

Cumin is an excellent source of iron - 100 g of the spice exceeds the daily requirement of an adult for this mineral element by more than 6 times. Thanks to this, cumin both prevents and supports the treatment of anemia. Iron is important, among others for menstruating women who lose iron during bleeding.

In addition, cumin, thanks to its high content of iron, vitamins C and A, has a positive effect on the immune system.

  • Kumin (Roman cumin) lowers cholesterol

Kumin lowers the concentration of "bad" LDL cholesterol, triglycerides in the blood and increases the concentration of "good" HDL cholesterol in the blood. Improving the profileBlood lipid levels have been observed in overweight and obese people and in people with hypercholesterolaemia.

  • Kumin (Roman Cumin) Supports the Digestive System

Kumin relieves digestive disorders. It stimulates the secretion of enzymes by the pancreas that condition the absorption of nutrients. The thymol contained in cumin stimulates the secretion of bile and digestive enzymes responsible for digesting food.

  • Kumin (Roman Cumin) Lowers Blood Sugar

Animal studies have shown that cumin contributes to lowering blood glucose levels in hyperglycemic individuals and losing weight. Additionally, a decrease in blood urea levels was observed. It was also found that cuminaldehyde and cuminol contained in cumin increase insulin secretion. In another study, cumin seed methanol extract was found to decrease blood glucose levels, levels of glycosylated hemoglobin, creatinine, and urea, and to increase blood insulin levels in diabetic rats.

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Kumin (Roman cumin) - nutritional values ​​per 100 g

Caloric value - 375 kcal Protein - 17.81 g Fat - 22.27 g

Saturated fats - 1.535 g Monounsaturated fats - 14.04 g Polyunsaturated fats - 3.279 g

Carbohydrates - 44.24 g Fiber - 10.5 g

Minerals(% of RDA for an adult)

Phosphorus - 499.0 mg (71%) Potassium - 1788.0 mg (51%) Sodium - 168.0 mg (11%) Calcium - 931.0 mg (93%) Iron - 66.36 mg (644%) Magnesium - 366.0 mg (92%) Zinc - 4.8 mg (45%) Copper - 0.867 mg (96%) Selenium - 5.2 μg (9%) Vitamin B1 - 0.628 mg (48 %) Vitamin B2 - 0.327 mg (25%) Niacin - 4.579 mg (29%) Vitamin B6 - 0.435 mg (33%) Vitamin B12 - 0.0 µg (0%) Vitamin C - 7.7 mg (9%) Vitamin A - 64.0 µg (7%)

Nutritional Value: USDA,% Recommended Daily Allowance: Nutrition Standards, IŻŻ Amendment, 2022

  • Kumin (Roman cumin) for respiratory conditions

Cumin, thanks to the presence of aromatic essential oils and disinfectants, acts as an expectorant, diluting phlegm in the respiratory tract and facilitating its elimination through coughing and spitting. Therefore, it is recommended for inflammation of the respiratory tract (e.g. bronchitis), and also in the course of asthma.

Kumin can cause skin allergies and allergic respiratory reactions. People taking i.a. antifungals, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs, painkillers or iron supplements should be used with caution andplease consult your doctor about it.

  • Cumin (Roman Cumin) and Epilepsy

Studies have shown that extracellular use of cumin essential oil significantly reduced the incidence of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) -induced seizures. In addition, it has been observed that the essential oils contained in cumin have an influence on the extension of the duration of epileptic-free periods, reduction of the amplitude of the hyperpolarization potential (AHP) and the inhibition of the rate of epileptic seizure triggering.

  • Kumin (Roman cumin) has a beneficial effect on the skin

Essential oils and aldehyde isolated from cumin have antibacterial properties. They inhibit the growth of bacteria, including: Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus epidermidis, S. aureus, S. hemolyticus, Propionibacterium acnes, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, Bacillus cereus, Clostridium tetani. They do not affect the growth of Pseudomonas spp bacteria. For this reason, they prevent the occurrence of numerous microbial and fungal infections of the skin. It is worth knowing that cumin is also used as an ingredient in fragrant creams, lotions and perfumes. In addition, caraway seed oil is used as multi-functional luminescent paints.

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Cumin (Roman cumin) and pregnancy and lactation

Kumin increases milk secretion during lactation. It owes this property to the presence of thymol, which increases secretion from the glands, including milk, from the mammary glands. Consuming cumin is beneficial both during lactation and pregnancy due to the high iron content, the demand of which is increased during this period. Additionally, cumin is a source of calcium, which is an important component of milk.

Kumin (Roman cumin) - use in the kitchen

Roman cumin is a very aromatic and spicy spice that has a slightly bitter taste. Kumin is used in cooking as a seasoning for dishes. It comes in the form of grains and ground. It is available as a standalone spice as well as an ingredient in spice blends, mainly curry and garam masala.

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Kumin (Roman cumin) - where to buy? Cumin price

Kumin can be bought in almost every grocery store. Its price is not high. You have to pay about PLN 2 for 18 g.

Kumin (Roman cumin) - what is it added to?

Kumin is suitable for seasoning meat and fish, soups, stews, as well as for sprinkling it on bread or cakes. In addition, it will be perfect as a seasoning for legume and vegetable dishes and as an addition torice or groats. Cumin is also used to season sauerkraut, added to tomato sauces and marinades. Oil obtained from cumin by steam distillation is used to flavor alcoholic beverages, desserts and other spices.

Kumin can be found in French cheeses, such as Leyden cheese, and in some traditional French breads. In Germany, cumin is used in the preparation of liqueur.

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Kumin and cumin

Cumin (Carum carvi L.) and cumin (Cumin, Cuminum cyminum L.) are quite different plants. Roman cumin comes from the Mediterranean region and does not occur in Poland. In turn, common caraway grows in our country commonly in meadows, roads and pastures.

Truffles with cumin and coffee

Source:ń Dobry TVN

About the authorMarzena Masna, dietitian SOS Diet, dietary catering, WarsawA graduate of dietetics at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. She gained professional experience in dietary clinics, the Nursery Complex of the Capital City of Warsaw and Warsaw hospitals for adults and children. She constantly deepens her knowledge by participating in conferences on proper nutrition, as well as diet-prevention and diet therapy of diseases. Currently, a dietitian at SOS Diet, dietary catering, where he deals with nutritional advice for clients, creating recipes, preparing the menu and supervising the quality of meals.

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