(Nigella sativa) Commonly called Black Seed but also known as fennel flower, nutmeg flower, black caraway and Roman coriander. Other names used, sometimes misleadingly, are black cumin, onion seed and black sesame.
This is an annual flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to south and southwest Asia. It grows to 20–30 cm tall, with finely divided, linear (but not thread-like) leaves. The flowers are delicate and usually coloured pale blue and/or white, with five to ten petals. The fruit is a large and inflated capsule composed of three to seven united follicles, each containing numerous seeds. The seed is used as a spice, sometimes as a replacement for original black cumin.
Nigella sativa has a pungent bitter taste and smell. It is used primarily in confectionery and liquors. Medicinally it is sometimes called the "Remedy for everything but death".
Archaeological evidence about the earliest cultivation of N. sativa "is still scanty", but report show the seeds to have been found in several sites from ancient Egypt, including Tutankhamen's tomb. Although its exact role in Egyptian culture is unknown, it is known that items entombed with a pharaoh were carefully selected to assist him in the afterlife.
The earliest written reference to N. sativa is thought to be in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament and N. sativa was another traditional condiment of the Old World during classical times where its black seeds were extensively used to flavour food. Seeds were also found in a Hittite flask in Turkey from second millennium BCE.
Seeds/Packet: (min. 50 Seeds)