Popular since ancient Egyptian times, Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) has a distinct nutty flavor and is widely used in Mexican, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. Low-growing plants — about 6 inches tall — are highly regarded for their aromatic and pungent seeds. (Self-seeding annual)
Each packet contains approximately 250 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Sow indoors — 1/4 inch deep — several weeks prior to the last frost date in spring. Transplant seedlings outsides when temperatures are warm and all danger of frost has passed. May also be direct sown in prepared beds when soil is warm. Space 3-4 inches apart and water regularly. Plants grow to about 12-inches in height and take 100-150 days to harvest.
Watch closely for heads to turn brown — the time to harvest — they’ll split and spill to the ground. Gather up the pods before that happens and put them in a paper bag. Hang upside down until pods are completely dry and remove the contents. Crush or grind just before use and store the remainder in an air-tight container.