The Marvels of Cumin: The Spice That Stomps the Competition

On a recent episode of Hot Ones, Doja Cat reacted to Los Calientes with a peculiar statement: "It kind of tastes like a delicious foot!" She continues "have you ever smelled cumin just like alone? It kind of smells like a foot. It smells like body odor...But it's fine. I want it in my food!"

We Have Questions

Do people really experience cumin as body odor? Is it similar to how some people experience cilantro as tasting soapy? Is there really a non-pejorative way to say food tastes like body odor?  A delicious foot?   

Much remains a mystery. All we know for sure is that we love cumin. In fact, we love it so much that we went and made a listicle about how great it is. 

1. International Agent 

Cumin has a warm, earthy, and slightly nutty flavor that enhances a wide array of dishes, making it a staple in various global cuisines. From Indian curries to Mexican salsas, cumin's distinctive taste is a culinary bridge that connects diverse traditions. 

2. Culinary Chameleon

One of cumin's greatest strengths lies in its ability to seamlessly adapt to various dishes. Whether it's ground cumin in a curry, whole seeds in a tempering, or toasted cumin in a salad, this spice effortlessly transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Its versatility extends beyond savory dishes, as cumin can also be found in some sweet recipes, adding a surprising depth to desserts.

3. The Casual Cooks Best Friend  

Integrating cumin into your cooking repertoire is a breeze. Sprinkle ground cumin on roasted vegetables, mix it into marinades, or use it as a rub for meats. Toasted cumin seeds can be the perfect finishing touch to salads and soups, providing a burst of flavor and aroma. With cumin, even the simplest of dishes can become culinary masterpieces.

4. Health Boost in Every Seed

Beyond its culinary prowess, cumin boasts an impressive array of health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, it helps combat oxidative stress in the body. Cumin is also a good source of iron, which is crucial for maintaining healthy blood levels. Additionally, studies suggest that cumin may aid digestion, making it a valuable ally for those with gastrointestinal issues.

5. All in the Name

Cumin, like all words with that deep "euw" sound, is straight up fun to say. Cumulus. Luminance. Cuticle. Cumin. All great words! And it's one of very few words that rhymes with human, which invites endless wordplay. 

In conclusion, cumin is 100% GOATed. It's a spice that manages to be both incredibly distinct and incredibly versatile at the same time. So while some may think eating cumin is like eating feet, it's really those who disparage cumin that have the foot in their mouths.