Cumin is one of the most widely used and recognizable spices in the world. Its distinctive flavor is earthy, spicy and gamey. Thought to have originated in Egypt, this spice is used in cuisines all over the world, including Southeast Asian, Indian, South American and North African. It can also be found in chili blends used in Mexican and Tex-Mex style cooking. Use to season meats, stews and beans. Lightly fry cumin seeds in oil to until they become fragrant and add to roasted potatoes or vegetables. Cumin has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to aid in digestion.