Cumin, or comino, seeds are actually dried fruits. They are thin, yellowish brown, elongated ovals about 0.25 inch (6 mm) long with five prominent longitudinal dorsal ridges interspersed with less-distinctive secondary ridges forming a tiny, gridlike pattern.
Cumin is an herb. The seeds of the plant are used to make medicine. People take cumin for digestion problems including diarrhea, colic, bowel spasms, and gas. … In spices, foods, and beverages, cumin is used as a flavoring component. When cooking, cumin seeds are best toasted in a dry frying pan, first to release their flavour, then they can be used whole or ground, once cooled, if you need a powder for your recipe.
Oblong dark brown seeds with a very distinct flavor, cumin seeds are a very popular spice used for their strong aroma and bitter warm flavor. The most common consumption method is after frying or roasting. Cumin seed powder of roasted seeds is also widely used.