Products ⇒ Nigella Seeds

English Name Nigella Seeds
Botanical Name Nigella Sativa
Common Name Himali Jeera, Kalonji, Black Cumin, Roman coriander, Black Seed or Black Caraway
Harvesting Period April-May
 
Description
 

Nigella seeds have little odour, but when ground or chewed they develop a vaguely oregano-like scent. The taste is aromatic and slightly bitter.Nigella have long been used as a medicinal treatment called a cure for "everything except death".

They are often mistakenly called onion seeds because they have a slight onion-like smell. Nigella sativa is an annual flowering plant. It grows to 20–30 cm (7.9–12 in) tall, with finely divided, linear (but not thread-like) leaves.

The flowers are delicate, and usually coloured pale blue and 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(Nigella Seeds).

Cultivation
 

Black cumin seed has been consumed for centuries, especially in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Usage

Culinary Use

  • Nigella Seeds are one of the five spices in Bengali five spices (panch phoron).
  • Nigella Seeds is also used in pilafs, kormas, curries.
  • Nigella Seeds is also used in pickles,confectionery and liquors.
  • Nigella is also used in Armenian string cheese, a braided string cheese called Majdouleh.
 

Medicinal Use

  • Nigella has been used for centuries as a stimulant and in the treatment of flatulence, indigestion, and bowel disorders.
  • Nigella is used in treating diseases such as Diabetes and Lowering Blood Sugar Levels, controlling Cholesterol, reducing asthma and blood pressure.
  • Nigella is also used as an ingredient of medicine and drugs.
  • Nigella seed is used for toothache & Gums, Ulcers, Nervous Tension Stress, Muscular pains, Laziness and Fatigue and Stomach pain.