There is a worldwide shortage of cumin thanks to a combination of high temperatures and farmers switching to more profitable crops.
For most of us, high temperatures are good (especially as the UK shivers in a typical cold winter) but high temperatures in India delayed the start of the cumin growing season.
Last year’s bumper cumin crop meant that a lot of farmers switched to more profitable crops.
Output from the main cumin producing state of Gujarat is going to be 30 percent lower than average.
The shortage of cumin has pushed the price to a 2 year high and even higher prices are predicted.
As well as being used directly in curry cooking, cumin is also a key ingredient of curry powder.
All of this means that your favourite curry may be a few pence (cents) more expensive in the future.
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