(Cuminum cyminum) Cumin is an annual member of the Apiaceae, or carrot, family. The seeds of the cumin plant are popular in a range of cuisines, from the Middle East to Mexico and Asia. This annual grows best in USDA zones 5-10. Native to the regions of the Mediterranean and Northern Africa, cumin has been a popular spice in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Chinese civilizations for thousands of years. Cumin prefers full sun and hot temperatures. Provide average to rich, well-drained soil. Space plants 4-6 inches apart. Shorter season gardeners should start cumin seeds indoors and transplant out after the soil has warmed to at least 60 F. In warmer climates, direct sow seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep when soil warms.

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