Cumin Seeds | Jeera | Zeera
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- The cumin, or comino, “seeds” are actually dry fruits known as schizocarps. They are thin yellowish brown elongated ovals about 6 mm (0.25 inch) long. Each features five prominent longitudinal dorsal ridges interspersed with less-distinctive secondary ridges forming a tiny gridlike pattern.
People usually buy cumin in the form of whole dried seeds. Cumin is a spice made from the seeds. Whats more, cumin has long been used in traditional medicine.
English : Cumin Seeds
Tamil : Seerakam / Jeerakam
Malayalam : Jeerakam
Telugu : Jeelakara / Jidakara / Jikaka
Kannada : Jeerige
Hindi : Jeera / Jeeru / Safaid Jeera / Zeera / Shimai Shombu.
Benefits of Cumin ( Zeera):
Jeera water has been used as ayurvedic medicine for over millennia, and it has also been scientifically proven to be very good for your body owing to all the nutrients that cumin seeds contain. Also stimulates the body’s energy and increases metabolism which further helps in weight loss. It helps in improving blood sugar level and cholesterol. When consumed before meals it aids in digestion and stimulates digestive enzymes. Helps in cleaning the gut by reducing toxicity and helps in detoxification. It is a good source of iron and helps fight anaemia and beneficial for mainly young girls due to loss of blood in menstruation. Also for lactating mothers as it boasts the milk secretion. Cumin seeds are rich in antioxidants which stabilize free radicals and therefore reduces inflammation in the body.