Cumin, or cominos in Spanish, is the one of the most popular spices in the world after black pepper. Cumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive aroma. It is commonly used in traditional South American cuisine. Cumin is found in achiote blends, adobos, and sofrito.
Cumin can be used ground or as whole seeds. It helps to add an earthy and warming feeling to cooking, making it a staple in certain stews and soups, as well as chilli.