Cumin is the ground, dried fruit of the Cuminum Cyminum plant. It is earthy, hot and tangy in flavor and is pale green to tan in color. It is similar in appearance to caraway seed before being ground. Ground Cumin is an essential ingredient in Mexican and Indian cooking. Use it in rice and curry dishes, chili, nachos, meatballs, guacamole, eggs and omelets, pork, lamb, chicken couscous, barbecue sauces and vegetables. For a unique flavor, try in breads and sweet baked goods.