Widely observed for its unique and arresting flavor, cumin is also celebrated as a powerful antioxidant that can increase immunity. Cumin is professed to enhance the performance of both the body and the mind, with the seeds being touted during the Middle Ages as a source of happy relationships.

Native to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and eastward into India and Iran, cumin is an essential component in Indian curry dishes as well as Mexican chilies, stews, and sauces.