The aroma is strong, somewhat like a musty caraway. Like coriander, it is a difficult spice to keep because it deteriorates quickly after grinding. PureSpice sells cumin ground and whole. Our method of grinding, bottling, sealing and delivering In a timely fashion contributes to the freshness of this product.Cumin seed comes from an annual plant indigenous to Egypt, and was - and is - used by the civilizations of Greece, Rome early Egypt and that of the Indus River. It is a necessity in Indian, Mideastern and Mexican cuisines. In the U.S., cumin was once reserved for ethnic and exotic dishes. It is now often used every day in vegetables, rice and potato dishes as well as soups, meat loaf and even scrambled eggs.