Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa) 300 seeds (#2250)
About the product
Nigella sativa is an annual flowering plant, native to eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania) and western Asia (Turkey, Iran and Iraq), but naturalized over a much wider area, including parts of Europe, northern Africa and east to Myanmar.
Grows up to 30 cm 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 which are used as spice, sometimes as a replacement for black cumin.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration classifies Nigella sativa L. (black cumin, black caraway) as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use as a spice, natural seasoning, or flavouring. The seeds of N. sativa are used as a spice in many cuisines. In Palestine, the seeds are ground to make bitter qizha paste.
The dry-roasted seeds flavour curries, vegetables, and pulses. They can be used as a seasoning in recipes with pod fruit, vegetables, salads, and poultry. In some cultures, the black seeds are used to flavour bread products, and are used as part of the spice mixture panch phoron (meaning a mixture of five spices) and alone in many recipes in Bengali cuisine and most recognizably in naan. Nigella is also used in tresse cheese, a braided string cheese called majdouleh or majdouli in the Middle East.
Approximately 300 seeds in 1g packet.
Genus - Nigella
Species - Sativa
Common name - Black Cumin
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 0,30 m
Spread - 0,20 m
Plant type - Annual herb
Exposure - Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Neutral
Soil type - Average garden soil, well drained
Water requirements - Low, average
Landscape uses - Cottage gardens, wildlife gardens, cut flower garden, herbal plant
Bloom season - Julye - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White with dark purple stamens
Sow outdoors from May to June in prepared seed bed in flowering position 1-2 mm deep.
Cover lightly with fine soil. Firm gently and keep moist. Cover with glass, clear plastic or propagator lid.
Seedlings appear in 10-21 days.
Transplant in to permanent position after the last frost 20 cm apart.
Remove dead flowers to prolong flowering. Keep moist and weed free.
Make 2-3 sowings for a longer flowering season.