How to Grow Cumin | Guide to Growing Cumin

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How to Grow Cumin | Guide to Growing Cumin  



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Cultivated for millennia in North Africa, the Mediterranean and modern-day Iran, Cumin is now an essential flavor in the cuisines of Europe, India, Mexico and elsewhere. Seeds of this parsley family member have been recovered dating back more than 4000 years, and the seeds of this herbaceous annual are believed to be the second most popular spice in the world. The leaves can also be added to salad and impart a mild tangy flavor.

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Annual (zones 5-10)

7-14 days at 65° F

2 years

Well-drained, rich

Full sun


4" apart

120 days

Growing Guide
Cumin will grow to a height of approximately 20" under ideal conditions, displaying white or pink flowers from midsummer onwards.


Cumin requires a considerable growing season, so for best results start indoors approximately 4 weeks prior to the last frost of the spring. Sow shallowly, approximately 1/4" beneath the surface of the soil. Keep moist and moderate water slightly once seeds start to germinate.


Cumin requires full sun and a long growing season. It tolerates a fairly wide range of soil types, but will do best with well-drained, fertile soil.

Transplant outdoors once minimal temperatures exceed 60 degrees F or higher.


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Harvesting Guide
The seed heads can be collected in fall. If leaving on the plant to dry out, it may be helpful to protect the seed head with a plastic bag to prevent birds, squirrels and other wildlife from making off with your seeds. Otherwise collect once the flower has passed maturity and the petal have fallen off. Dry on a screen in a well ventilated location, turning over periodically.

Once dry the seed heads, can be threshed by hand over a bowl. Separate seed from chaff by winowing, or rolling over a screen. Store in a sealed container in a dry, cool location out of direct sunlight for optimum life.

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