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Black Cumin - Nigella sativa

posted 29 Jul 2015, 00:05 by Dan Nong
Tên tiếng Việt:  Thì Là Đen
 Also called nutmeg flower and roman coriander, plants are 1 foot tall with 1 inch whitish green flowers that produce a large seed pod. Use is primarily culinary, seeds are spicy and aromatic and frequently used in breads and cakes much as you would poppy seeds. 

Black seeds, also known as Nigella sativa, black cumin, kalonji seeds and haba al-barakah (Arabic phrase) have been used by people for thousands of years. Some associate black caraway with black seeds and they come from two different plants. Kalonji seeds are found in India and haba al-barakah is an Arabic word and used in the Middle East mainly. Black seeds are commonly used in the kitchen also in many recipes.

Nigella sativa (black seeds), an annual flowering plant that grows to 20-30cm tall, is native to Asia and the Middle East. The flowers of this plant are very delicate and pale colored and white. The seeds are used in Middle Eastern cooking, such as in their local breads. The seeds are also used by thousands for their natural healing abilities.