The air was heady with the Fragrance of an Aromatic Spice which is used across most cuisines in the Indian Sub Continent.

Native to India , the use of which goes back to Ancient India , Cumin ( English), Zeera ( Hindi) , Cuminum cyminum ( Scientific name) is a Herbal Plant related to Parsley.

I was fortunate to photograph a handful of Plants which had been missed by the harvesters as they were hidden within a field of  Isabgol plants ( pls see the blog titled ISABGOL) .

cumin plant
Cumin Plant

Raipur is a small village near Ajmer, Rajasthan where I was fortunate to see Zeera being harvested and processed.

The Cumin Seeds, still attached to the stems  are being Sun Dried.

Cumin Seeds being Sun dried

The shadow on this mountain of aromatic  Zeera seeds is of my finger on the Camera Button.

Zeera has a natural aroma which hovers in the air for miles around as the Seeds are threshed from the Hay.

It is usually roasted and then ground before being part of numerous delicious Indian Curries.

yours truly
Cumin Seeds being photographed

The Cumin seeds being separated from the Hay  by these Gorgeous Village women.

I followed my nose to catch them unawares as they were busy processing their Harvest of Cumin.


mounds of cumin
Colourful Ladies amongst Mountains of Cumin

Do have a look at a previous blog on  Fennel seeds which look very similar in shape and size.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

42 thoughts on “FRAGRANT CUMIN”

  1. I haven’t seen before cumin in the field, as you photographs. But in my kitchen it is one of my spices that I usually use. Thank you dear Mukul, I know Indian kitchen has very rich spices in her cuisine. Wonderful photographs and informations. Love, nia

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      1. I bet it was!
        I love cumin and many other spices that are grown there.
        You don’t happen to grow tumeric do you? I have been searching for anyone that has some for sale….
        And thank you very much for liking my post. 🙂
        Very nice to see someone enjoyed it.
        I like your site. I love anything that grows. Plus, even looking at something like the wheat, it is like art to me.

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      2. Cool. I wish I was able to get ahold of some. It is hard to find here in the usa.
        I am going to try ginger again….I planted it not quite right. It seems to need some shade.

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      1. I have read some of the uses of it medicinally.
        What does your country use it for?
        Your country is so rich in spices ( and natural medicine too ) and of course, the gorgeous materials, I absolutely love the vibrant colors!
        And of course one of my favorite movies, The best exotic marigold hotel. 🙂

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