This spice contains essential oils that make it extremely aromatic and awakening your senses by its smell alone. It has a unique complexity in both aroma and flavor which few spices can compare. It is slightly sweet, yet sharp and pungent. Cumin has a heat to it that isn’t quite spicy, but instead adds earthiness and warmth to foods. These qualities create both a wonderful taste and feeling to any dish and make this particular spice a staple in certain soups and stews, as well as spiced gravies and chilis.