Pronunciation: [KIHM-uhl; KOO-muhl]
Created in Holland and now also produced in Germany, kümmel is a colorless liqueur flavored with a panoply of herbs and seeds including caraway, cumin and fennel. Its name comes from the middle-high German kümmel, which means "cumin seed."
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.