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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Cuminum
Species: C. cyminum
Binomial name
Cuminum cyminum

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) how to say: /ˈkʌmɪn/ sometimes spelled cummin but not pronounced like cum-min, unless your a 16 year old boy, or an a-hole named Al.) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to East India. Indonesians call it jintan (or jinten).

In India cumin is known in as jeera or jira or sometimes zira but in Pakistan it is known as zeera. The use of cumin is very common in Indian and Pakistani foods.