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Nigella Seeds

Black Seed / Kalonji / Black Caraway

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Not to be confused with popular television cooks. This indispensable spice from India lends its bready flavor and striking black appearance best to starches, beans, and all sorts of roasted vegetables.

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Nigella is the botanical name for love-in-the-mist flowers, a popular garden plant with large, sky blue petals and lacy foliage. However, the black seeds used for culinary purposes come from a less grandiose species with petals more cream colored and fewer in number. (It’s rather blah to be honest.)

The seeds of this plant are called nigella, black caraway, and kalonji, though are sometimes misnamed as black onion seed. The seeds are tiny as pinpricks and carbon colored. Popular in India, West Bengal, and Bangladesh they’re rarely consumed outside of these countries. The seeds are often sold whole as grinding them releases its volatile oils which degrade quickly. While added to spice mixtures, the seeds are often used whole as a garnish for breads and curries. The seeds are also mixed with salt and used to flavor legume, grain, potato, and vegetable dishes before cooking.

While their crunchy texture is lovely it is their unique-to-the-spice-world flavor that makes them so darn keen. Subtle to be sure, but salt and starches bring out their nutty-earthy flavor. The aroma is uniquely yeasty and bready, with hints of oregano.

Additional Info
Ingredients Black caraway seeds.
Basic Preparation Crush, or add whole to recipe as instructed.
Recommended Applications A well known ingredient in English seed cake, this Black Caraway Seed can also be utilized in other various desserts. Other great additions of this spice include carrots, duck, cabbage, potatoes, sausages, and goose. Commonly used as a digestive aid, this seed can also be used and chewed after meals.
Taste & Aroma Bittersweet, Pungent, Sweet, Warm & Earthy
Product Style Whole, Seeds/Berries
Cuisine Austrian, British, European, German, Hungarian, Moroccan
Handling / Storage To be stored in a cool, dry place.
Shelf Life 4 Years
Qualities All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Country of Origin India
Dietary Notes No


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