Nigella Black Cumin

Nigella Black Cumin

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If you like Indian cuisine, don’t forget to plant Nigella
Beautiful and colourful seed packets, made from sustainable and recyclable materials. Varieties chosen for pot growing: compact, dwarf varieties, suitable for terrace garden spaces.

Nigella, also known as Black Cumin, is an annual, flowering plant native to Asia and the Middle East. Its wispy, elegant, blue flowers look stunning in any garden or balcony arrangement and, if you can resist picking the delicate blooms, the seed pods that develop from the flowers are
equally glorious. In fact, the seeds are the edible part of the plant and are widely used in Indian, Middle Eastern and Slavic cooking for their strong aroma and spicy taste. If you ever enjoyed Turkish bread and wondered what the tasty little black seed on top of it was—it’s Nigella. It’s hard to believe that such a delicate little flower packs such a flavourful punch, indispensable in Indian
and Asian cuisine.

Plant size
Height 30cm, Width 20cm
Container size Height 30cm, Width 30cm
Companion plant Strawberries, carrots, calendula, nasturtium, borage
Sowing Indoor Not required
Outdoor Apr-Sept

Medicinal properties
Among many of its health benefits, there is also a belief that eating the seed will make a woman's breasts plumper.

How to eat
Black Cumin seeds, also known as kalonji in Hindi, have an oregano-like quality with herbaceous notes, a slight bitterness and a warm, toasted-onion flavour. Each country has a peculiar traditional recipe for it: naan bread in India, string cheese in the Middle East, preserved lemons in Morocco, to name but a few.