Cumin seeds in wooden bowl with seeds spilled on wooden surface

With its pungent taste and aroma, cumin is the world’s second most popular spice, after black pepper.

It has been around for so long that it is mentioned in the Bible, twice, it was an acceptable way to pay taxes in Ancient Roman times and it was used as a preservative by the Ancient Egyptians in mummification. So it’s no wonder it’s inspired so many myths, legends and stories.

In Middle Eastern legend, it is the only spice you need to make sure that neither your chickens, nor your lover, run away. Soldiers leaving for battle would take a fresh loaf with them, as the spice was thought to inspire love and fidelity. Which is why you probably keep coming back to our lovely soups.

In the modern world, it is used in so many different cuisines it would be easier to say which countries don’t use it (Northern Europe, mainly).

Some of our soups wouldn’t be the same without a pinch here or a sprinkle there of the aromatic spice. There would feel like there was something missing from our Mexican Tomato & Fire Roasted Pepper soup without it, we wouldn’t get the same experience from our Moroccan Spiced Chicken if it wasn’t a part of the Ras el Hanout and our New England Butternut Squash wouldn't the hint of warmth running through it that we have come to know and love.

Fortunately, there is enough of it to go around as the cumin plant is easy to grow in a diverse range of places; such as India, Malta, Sicily and Mexico. It prefers moderately warm temperatures and quite a dry climate. So don’t worry, grab a pot of one of our soups which we have sprinkled with this souper-spice and you will never have to worry about your chickens leaving ever again.