Source: Magness et al. 1971
Cumin is grown for the seeds, which are used as an ingredient in curry powder, and for flavoring pickles, soups, meats, pastry, and cheese. The plant is a low-growing annual herb, of the carrot family, cultivated in southern Europe, but rare in America. The plant is grown from seed, and matures a crop in about 4 months. At harvest, plants are cut and dried, then threshed. About a million pounds of the seed are imported into the U.S. annually.