Cumin is an annual plant belonging to the carrot or parsley family. It usually grows between 10 to 30 cm tall with completely smooth stems that are richly branched from the ground up. The stalks are thin and rather weak, often making the stalks of larger plants grow in a horizontal position on the ground. The leaves are blue-green up to 7 cm long and the flowers are small and white or light pink in color.The seeds are similar to caraway seed, but slightly larger, not as curved and lighter brown. They are strongly aromatic and have a slightly bitter taste.