Cumin is the seed of a small annual herb. Cumin is parchment colored, hard and angular in shape. Ground Cumin is a very easy way to add the mildly hot and sweet flavor of the Cumin seed to dishes. Cumin has long been grown in numerous regions of the world; including India, Egypt, Arabia, and the Mediterranean regions. Cumin is wonderful in bean soups and vegetable stews. Adding Cumin to cooking rice or couscous imparts a warm flavor and aroma. It makes a wonderful dip when mixed with mayonnaise. Cumin is an integral part of Indian spice blends for making curries and other spicy dishes.