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Nigella seeds.
I have read that the seeds of the ripe heads of Nigella can be used as a spice. Do they mean any Nigella, or a specific type ?



This is interesting as in some oriental/Asian cooking they talk about nigella seed but then I was told it was also onion seed. I'd be interested in hearing what others think.

28 Jul, 2013


Its the Nigella Setiva which is used in cooking. They grow in India and surrounding countries. They are also called black cumin and are supposed to have all sorts of medicinal properties from anti bacterial to asthma treatments.

28 Jul, 2013


Thanks Cammomile. I'll search some more. Don't suppose you could confirm that is the Nigella I have from a photo I've just added. (Couldn't work out how to add the pic. to this comment I'm afraid, it's in my photos). Sophie.

28 Jul, 2013


Your pic is of Nigella Damascena so don't eat the seeds!

28 Jul, 2013


Thanks for that. Might survive to garden another year now. :-)

28 Jul, 2013

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