(kamoon) Cumin is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to East India. Cumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive aroma, popular in North Africa. The use of cumin is very common in Moroccan cooking, generally in all types of tajines- lamb, chicken and vegetable. Cumin is also an appetite enhancer. The seeds are typically crushed and then sprinkled on kabobs and grilled meats. The spice is also utilized to flavor couscous.