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Nutrition and Buying tips: Cumin Seeds

Regency Grade Cumin Seeds
Regency Grade Cumin Seeds

All values below are per 1 tsp (2.1g) of whole cumin seeds. If using powder, be sure to freshly grind to get the most out of your spices!

Proximates
Water 0.17g
Energy 8kcal
Protein 0.37g
Total lipid (fat) 0.47g
Carbohydrate, by difference 0.93g
Fiber, total dietary 0.2g
Sugars, total 0.05g

Minerals
Calcium, Ca 20mg
Iron, Fe 1.39mg
Magnesium, Mg 8mg
Phosphorus, P 10mg
Potassium, K 38mg
Sodium, Na 4mg
Zinc, Zn 0.1mg

Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.2mg
Thiamin 0.013mg
Riboflavin 0.007mg
Niacin 0.096mg
Vitamin B-6 0.009mg
Folate, DFE 0µg
Vitamin B-12 0µg
Vitamin A, RAE 1µg
Vitamin A, IU 27IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.07mg
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0µg
Vitamin D 0IU
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.1µg

Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.032g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.295g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.069g
Cholesterol 0mg

Other
Caffeine 0mg

Tips on buying quality Cumin Seeds

Cumin Seeds originate from India, and have been cultivated there for thousands of years, these naturally grow to be the tastiest as it’s their traditional habitat. Be sure to buy Indian Cumin Seeds when possible to get the most out of your spice. Cumin Seeds are often diluted by a very similar, but altogether different spice: Caraway Seeds. Caraway is much darker in colour, and also a more intense mint flavour compared to cumin. It’s makeup is also vastly different, as there is a different mix of essential oils used. In case you’re unsure, please refer to our quality and grade standards here when buying good quality Cumin Seeds. You can also compare it to Caraway in case that’s what you’re after!

Data taken from United States Department of Agriculture

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