Ground cumin is made from the seeds of the plant Cuminum cyminum. Cumin has an earthy and warm aroma and taste.
Most likely native of Turkestan, Egypt, and the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Traders from the Arabian Peninsula brought the spice to India, where it spread through Southeast Asia. Silk Road merchants also brought spices to China.
There is a form of cumin called “Black Cumin” or Nigella sativa. This type has a sweeter taste with notes of lemon and caraway.
“9 Powerful Health Benefits of Cumin” by Matthew Thorpe (2017) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-benefits-of-cumin
“From Ancient Sumeria To Chipotle Tacos, Cumin Has Spiced Up The World” by Adam Maskevich (2015)
New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)