Cumin

Nutrients
Cumin has a wonderful flavour, is gentle on your baby’s tummy and is packed with calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese.  Calcium is needed for healthy bones and teeth and iron is essential for transporting oxygen around the body. Magnesium is needed for normal muscle and nerve function and bone development and Manganese is also needed to keep bones growing and to keep energy levels up.

When to give to your baby +6 months
Cumin makes a good choice for one of you Baby’s first spices. We recommend to start introducing spices such as cumin from around 7 months, after first tastes have been accepted, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure. Spices can liven up baby food and using them is a wonderful way to expand your baby’s taste buds, while offering interesting flavours from an early age.

The perfect cumin
Wherever possible we like to use organic cumin, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. We understand that this isn't always possible, so buy the best available to you at the time. You can buy cumin in seeds or already ground. The flavour is fresher in seed form, but for the convienece, pree ground stuff really is quite good. Try not to buy in too large quantities as the fresher the better with all spices.

Best way to cook them for your baby
Try adding it to purees from early on, or to more complete meals later on in the journey. Add it to the early steps of cooking as like with most spices, cooking out the spice really does help with the flavour. If using the seeds, pan roast the seeds until you can smell them before grinding to a powder in a pestle and mortar or an electric spice grinder if you have one. Be careful not to add too much though, as a little goes a long way.

What goes well with cumin
Butternut squash, sweet potato, tomato, carrot, quinoa, chickpeas, coconut

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