#5 Cumin Powder
One of the most popular spices after chilies and pepper, is cumin a key spice of Mexican, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine. Native to northern Africa and the Mediterranean regions, cumin is closely related to caraway, coriander, fennel and anise. It has a distinctive flavor with a nutty, spicy taste. It is widely used in Asian and Mexican cuisine to spice up beans, soups, tacos, stews and curry. In addition to providing great flavor, cumin is traditionally used for treatment of acidity, hypertension and insomnia.