Also known as kalonji or black cumin, nigella seeds belong to the buttercup family of flowering plants. The fruit is a large seed capsule with up to seven follicles that contain small, pear-shaped white seeds, which only turn black when exposed to air. Gathered before they burst, the fruits are carefully dried and gently crushed to collect the seeds. Their aroma is similar to fennel and has a pungent flavour alike to nutmeg, with notes of oregano and black pepper. These characteristics contribute to why they make a great pair with savoury dishes. Black Cumin seeds are commonly roasted and ground as a spice, widely used in India and the Middle East to season curries, bread, and sweet confections. Several compounds, such as thymoquinone, carvacrol, t-anethole, and 4-terpineol, are responsible for nigellas' potent antioxidant properties and there is some scientific evidence to suggest that black cumin helps to boost the immune system. Why not add our versatile nigella seeds to your next dish? As easy as you can introduce them to your go-to spices is our ordering and delivering progress at Nuts About Life.
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