Cumin right up: a quintessential spice

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Variety is the spice of life and spices liven up your favorite meals. Everyone has a few favorite seasonings, and for some Mexican food lovers, one of those is cumin. It has a distinctive and warm taste that adds a bold flavor to many Mexican restaurant menu items and homemade taco dishes.

Cumin was originally discovered in the Mediterranean over 5,000 years ago. It has been used for centuries in both cooking and in Ayurvedic medicine for healing and iron supplementation. One tablespoon of cumin has 20% of the RDA for iron.

It grows as a pale green, elliptically-shaped seed in the Cuminum cyminum plant, which is a parsley-family herb. Cumin is quite easy to grow, so consider adding it to your backyard or herb garden. Store it in a cool, dark, dry area and add it to Mexican recipes or marinades and sauces. Add the whole seeds in for a milder taste, or toast and then grind it up into a powder for a stronger flavor. There are many delicious prepared versions available, too.

Are you a big fan of cumin? Check the menu or ask your friendly server when ordering Mexican food in Aurora, Colorado, and taste the scrumptiously seasoned options. If you want extra cumin, request some on the side and sprinkle to your heart’s content.

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