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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.

LATIN NAME: Nigella sativa
NAME: Nigella
VARIETY: Black cumin
QUANTITY: 100 seeds
PLANT SIZE: Height 30 cm Width 20 cm
CONTAINER SIZE: Height 30 cm Width 20 cm
COMPANION PLANT: Strawberries, carrots, calendula, nasturtium, borage

SOWING: Indoor Not required Outdoor Apr-Sept
TIMING: Germination 10-15 days Harvesting 80-100 days
SPACING: When sowing 3-5 cm; Depth 0,5 cm When thinning 20-30 cm
GROWING: Sunligth Full sun Soil Well-drained, fertile and moist soil Watering Regular, moderate watering Feeding Light feeder
CARING: Expert tip Taking care of Nigella is simple: water during dry times, feed regularly and deadhead spent blooms to encourage the growth of more flowers or collect seeds from dried seedpods.
SUPPORTING: Pollinators Attracts bees and butterflies.
PESTS: Repels the carrot fly

Nigella seeds can be harvested in late summer and stored for use throughout the year. Ensure that the black seeds are completely dry, then store them in an airtight container.
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.