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Cumin

Cumin Recipe Photo

Cumin Recipe Photo

Cumin is as old as the hills, dating back to 5,000 B.C. Most commonly used in chili powder, Indian curries and Middle Eastern cuisine, cumin has a warm, earthy taste. Its nutty-flavored seeds come in white, amber and black.

You can buy cumin ground or in seed form. The whole seeds will keep for up to 3 years. The ground variety, like other spices, can be stored for 1 year in an airtight container.

Reader Recipes Featuring Cumin

Give it a try in pasta and bean salads, soups and stews, deviled eggs, cheese bread…or whip up one of these cumin-laced recipes (all pictured above).

A mixture of onions, apples and mushrooms seasoned with cumin and Worcestershire sauce enhances Cumin Chicken With Apples from field editor Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario.

Canned Mexicorn lends a sweet twist to Cheesy Corn Spread from Jan Henderson of Smackover, Arkansas. It's a cheesy crowd-pleaser!

Cumin and chili powder season this traditional Pinto Bean Chili from Sandy Dilatush of Denver, Colorado. Quesadillas on the side make this Southwestern soup a meal.