Cumin seed is the dried ripe fruit of the cumin plant, believed to be native to the Middle East. Ranging in color from light brown to khaki, cumin has a warm, spicy, pungent aroma and an earthy and slightly bitter flavor. The Ancient Greeks used cumin seed as a condiment, much like pepper today. The practice continues today in Morocco. Cumin has an essential role in the cuisines of India, Middle East, North Africa, Spain, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, where it features in everything from mole, garam masala, and variety of meat stews, soups and vegetable dishes.