Black cumin, from the seeds to the characteristics of the Nigella sativa plant. Properties and lots of useful information on its multiple uses.
Therenigella sativais a flowering plant of the Ranunculaceae family, it is native to southern and south-western Asia. On this page we will talk mainly about hisseeds which are used asspiceknown asblack cumin.
Black cumin, Nigella sativa plant
ThereNigella sativait's aplantannual that grows up to 20 - 40 cm. It has linear leaves and delicate flowers that are usually white or pale blue. Black cumin flowers have five to ten petals.
Of theplant, of great interest is the capsule that develops after flowering. This capsule consists of several joined follicles (three to seven) each of these contains numerousseeds.
Black cumin, how to use it
In the articlehow to use cumin, I explained to you the uses of the classic spice in the kitchen. The black cumin it has nothing to do with the classic hazelnut colored cumin, the two spices that share the same name, come from two different plants, even if the uses, to flavor food, can be comparable.
THEblack cumin seedsonce roasted and ground, they can be used for the preparation of Gran Masala.
The toasted seeds can be used whole to enrich vegetables, soups, baked goods, salads, poultry, meats and legumes.
THEblack cumin seedsthey are used in the Middle East to enrich different types of typical cheeses, including the famousArmenian stretched curd cheese (string cheese).
Black cumin, properties and contraindications
THEblack cumin seedsthey are rich in linoleic acid, oleic acid and palmitic acid, provide various micronutrients and have various active ingredients. There is a widespread belief in the Middle East that black cumin seeds can help reduce triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. This belief found partial evidence in a meta analysis published with the research titled "Nigella sativa (black seed) effects on plasma lipid concentrations in humans: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials“.
If consumed without particular excesses, this spice has no side effects or contraindications.
In the Middle East, iblack seeds of Nigella sativathey are considered a valuable remedy. In an Islamic letter (jadiz), Abu Hurairah (companion of the Prophet Muhammad and narrator of the jadiz from the Sunnis) claims to have heardAllahto say that "black seeds can prevent all diseases except death" referring precisely toNigella sativa seeds.
The compound makes black cumin seeds particularly popular and therefore also black cumin oilthymequinone. This compound would be able to interact with the opioid receptors of our body, exerting various beneficial effects.
Black cumin seeds, where to find them
If you are wonderingwhere to buy black cumin, know that it will not be an easy task. Only shops specializing in the sale of ethnic food offer black cumin seeds. This spice is less popular than the classic cumin.
For the purchase, you can take advantage of the online purchase by preferring whole black cumin seeds obtained from organic cultivation.
Among the various market proposals, I would like to point out a package of organic black cumin seeds offered on Amazon at the price of 9 euros and free shipping costs. For all information on the product mentioned, I invite you to visitthis Amazon page.
Before using black cumin seeds, I recommend that you toast the product in a very hot non-stick pan. It only takes a few seconds. In this way the seeds will be more crunchy and pleasant to the palate. In any case, i black cumin seeds they can also be eaten raw.