Cumin Seeds


Cuminum cyminum

An important spice internationally. 12-18" tall, this heat loving herb needs about 120 days of growing to obtain mature seeds. The seed has a warm, earthy, slightly bitter flavor that can enhance many different types of dishes. It is especially popular in Indian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, north African, and Mexican cuisines. In addition to its flavorful seeds, the flowers attract beneficial insects such as lacewings, predatory wasps, and ladybugs. Planting it in your garden near crops that tend to suffer from pest infestations can help keep pesky insects under control. Annual. 1 gram packet contains a minimum of 100 seeds.

Ground cumin is an essential spice in curry powder and is found in Indian, Vietnamese and Thai foods. Many Latino recipes call for the use of cumin; and in the United States, many a chili recipe includes cumin. In India, cumin is a traditional ingredient in not only curry, but kormas, masalas, soups and other recipes. Cumin can even be found in some cheeses, like Leyden cheese, as well as some French breads. Curry powder isn’t the only blend in which cumin is found: achiote, chili powder, adobos, sofrito, garam masala and bahaarat all owe their distinct ethnic flavors partially to cumin. Cumin seed can be used whole or ground and even lends itself to some pastries and pickles. A mix of cumin, garlic, salt, and chili powder on grilled corn on the cob is delicious.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Cumin Plant Care: How Do You Grow Cumin Herbs
  • Planting Information
Average Seed / ozSeed / 100' RowAverage Yield / 100' RowDays to Harvest
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost65-85°FFull SunFrost Sensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed Spacing

Min. Seeds 

Per Packet

Transplant or Direct Seedsurface8-14"100
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
24-36"10-15Perennial3 years