Black Cumin AKA Black Caraway Seeds

Grown for its aromatic black seeds that are ground and used like pepper.

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Black Cumin is grown for its aromatic black seeds that are ground and used like pepper. The feathery plants have bluish-white flowers that are followed by inflated ornamental pods that are perfect for dried arrangements.

From Wikipedia, “The dry-roasted nigella seeds flavor curries, vegetables and pulses. It can be used as a "pepper" in recipes with pod fruit, vegetables, salads and poultry. In some cultures, the black seeds are used to flavor bread products. It is also used as part of the spice mixture panch phoron (meaning a mixture of five spices) and by itself in many recipes in Bengali cuisine and most recognizably in naan bread. Nigella is also used in Armenian string cheese, a braided string cheese called majdouleh or majdouli in the Middle East.

According to Zohary and Hopf, archaeological evidence about the earliest cultivation of N. sativa "is still scanty", but they report supposed N. sativa seeds have been found in several sites from ancient Egypt, including Tutankhamun'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. Seeds were found in a Hittite flask in Turkey from the second millennium BCE.

N. sativa has a long history of use as medicine. Modern clinical trials have begun to investigate its efficacy, mainly using the seed oil extract, volatile oil, and isolated constituent thymoquinone. The most trials, and those of the best quality to date, provide preliminary support for its use in asthma (for both prevention and treatment of acute attacks), allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis. Smaller and less rigorous studies suggest it might help people with functional dyspepsia, respiratory problems due to mustard gas poisoning, seizure disorders, diabetes mellitus and the metabolic syndrome, and opioid addiction. One meta-analysis of clinical trials concluded that N. sativa has a short-term benefit on lowering systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and another found that various extracts of black seed can reduce triglyercides, LDL and total cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol.”

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Additional Info

Botanical Name Nigella sativa
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 10 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 15 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/16 in.
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
Plant Spacing 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger N/A
Bloom Color Light Blue
Bloom Time Late Spring/Early Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Spring, Mid-Summer
Foliage Herbaceous
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 100