Cumin Seed, Whole


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Believe it or not, all cumin is not the same. Our Michelin star chef customers across the country agree. While they can get cumin a little cheaper from other sources, they choose to pay a bit more for ours. 

Why? Because our cumin is incredibly fresh and aromatic. My partner Divakar sources the best in small lots, we bring it in direct, and sell it quickly.

But be warned. When you open a tube, you might be susceptible to having some of the following immediate reactions:

You might immediately notice fragrant notes of lemon and mint.

You might immediately want to cook an Indian, Mexican or Middle Eastern dish.

You might immediately want to learn more about cumin. So you might look up "cumin" on Wikipedia and see that cumin is the dried seed of a plant from the parsley family. That might remind you of the late, great Elvis Parsley. I mean Presley. 

You might immediately yell aloud: "Cumin get it!"


  • Whole Fresh Cumin Seed
  • Fragrant notes of lemon and mint
  • Use in Mexican, Indian and Middle Eastern recipes
  • Spice sealed in food-grade mylar bag
  • Packaged in resealable kraft tube

Regular Non-Rush Delivery starts at just $3.95. It's very reasonable.

It's darn fast too. Almost all orders arrive in just a few days.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Would hate for you to be unhappy. The world has enough unhappiness. We're here to make you happy. Okedoke?

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Purchased for ICS Southwest Chili cookoff

The smell when I opend the bag is amazing. The suttle fragrance is wonderful. I grinded mine and the smell is phenomenal. Will add more after cookoff


So, I'm thinking, how different can cumin seed really be? So, I put some seeds from my Indian grocery store supply down (on the white counter) next to the recently arrived Reluctant Trading cumin seeds. Not much difference...they look the same. But then I stuck my nose in each of the jars...and wow, is there ever a difference. The Reluctant Trading cumin is incredibly fragrant...whereas my previous brand is just flat scent at all detected (and I store in an air-tight jar). A completely demonstrable difference in quality....spices are supposed to be fragrant, right? Well done RTC!

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