Cumin or zira, Roman caraway, zar or zat (Latin Cuminum cyminum) is a perennial herbaceous plant of the umbelliferous family. Due to the similarity of seeds with caraway seeds, these two spices are often confused, but caraway and cumin are completely different in flavor. The birthplace of cumin is considered Central Asia. Cumin is cultivated in Southeast Asia, Iran, Africa, and Latin America. In India, cumin (zira) is also widespread and is grown in vegetable gardens.