Cumin – Black
Nigella Sativa

Zone: Not hardy; grow as an annual
Height: 12-18"

General: Black Cumin is a very showy flowering annual with white blooms and attractive, finely divided foliage. Seeds are used as a condiment and a spice. Popular in Mexican and Indian cooking.

Culinary Uses: Black cumin is popular in North African and Middle Eastern cuisines. It is used in tangines (meat stews) in Africa and in the kibbeh of the Middle East. In India, black cumin is used to flavor everything from yogurt to chutneys to protein to lassis (yogurt drinks). Even the breads of North India and Pakistan are enhanced by the flavor of black cumin. It is an essential flavoring of meats and rices in any Middle Eastern or North African dish.

Medicinal Uses: Black cumin has been revered as one of the top ranked evidence based herbal medicines. It has been cited as a powerful remedy against major illnesses in nearly every major medicinal tradition from Ayurveda to Chinese herbalism to ancient Egyptian and Greek medicine. In modern times it has been shown that black cumin has been effective in treating cancer.

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