Nigella sativa. Also called black seed, black caraway, Roman coriander, kalonji, or fennel flower. Related to the garden flower we all love and adore Love-in-a-mist, this separate species is found in southwestern Asia and parts of the Mediterranean and Africa, where it carries a long history of use in diversely varied culinary and medicinal traditions. The seeds have an aroma similar to fennel and have a pungent flavor somewhat similar to nutmeg, though the plant is not related to either. The seeds are commonly roasted and ground as a spice and are widely used in India, the Middle East and parts of north Africa to season curries, rice, breads, and sweet confections. Black cumin is also important in traditional medicine in many places and is an esteemed herbal remedy for a wide variety of ailments. Plants grow in a wide variety of soils and often reseed. Plants reach anywhere from 6-24 inches tall and bear beautiful flowers that form unique looking pods. ~100 seeds per pack.
This variety is selected and maintained by Florida seed steward Mark Homesteader of Homestead Heirloom Gardens.
Black cumin seeds and their oil are widely used in traditional Islamic and Ayurvedic medicine to treat a variety of ailments. The seeds are believed to stimulate lactation and have been used to cure postpartum and menstrual problems. Seeds and oil are commonly used to treat intestinal worms and are said to relieve digestive troubles, treat inflammation, and employed to reduce asthma and bronchitis as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
Graciously grown by Mark Homesteader for The Roughwood Seed Collection.