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Cumin (cuminum cyminum)
A strong, slightly bitter-flavoured spice popular from North Africa to the Indian Sub-Continent. It may be found as seeds, or ground, and is an essential ingredient of curry powder. Once ground, it loses its flavour - so this is best done at home. There are various types - 'black cumin' (sometimes known as 'Kashmiri') has a stronger flavour than lighter varieties. Dry-roasting brings out the flavour still further.
Cumin is said to increase milk secretion in nursing mothers.