Cumin is the pale green seed of a small herb in the parsley family. The seed is uniformly elliptical and deeply furrowed. Cumin has a distinctive, slightly bitter yet warm flavour.


Cumin is available in two distinctive types on the basis of purity. However, the difference in quality is minor. The major difference is seen in the price. The different qualities are:

  1. On the basis of size of seed

    • Bold: cumin seeds are the largest. They are the most expensive.

    • Medium: cumin seeds are the middle variety.

    • Small Grain: cumin seeds are the cheapest of all and have the smallest size of grain.

  2. On the basis of purity

    • Sortex cleaned 99.95% Purest and most expensive variety.

    • 99% Purity Slighly lower than the sortex type.

    • 98% Workable quality. Relatively cheaper as compared to the first two types.

    • 94% Cheapest quality. Least price.

There is also another rare type of cumin that is also popular. Black Cumin. However, due to its scarcity, it turns out to be one of the most expensive spices and therefore F.C.L. trade of this commodity is avoided.It is generally shipped along with other commodities in a single container.

Cumin is also frequently exported in powdered form.


Cumin seeds are packed in 20 kg or 50 kg packing jute / polypropylene bags as per buyers' specifications.

All markings as per buyer specifications.


Cumin is shipped in both 20 ft. and 40 ft. container loads. The approximate volume of a 20 ft. F.C.L. of=13.50 M. tons and that of a 40 ft. F.C.L.=27 M. tons.
Approximately 18 M. tons of cumin seeds can be stuffed in a 20 ft. F.C.L.


Cumin tends to lose its flavour and aroma if kept open to moisture or air for extended periods of time. Hence it is advisable to store in cool dark airtight and dry containers.


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