Cumin, Black (Nigella sativa) - 50 Seeds

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Black Cumin (Nigella sativa) - 50 Seeds

•Also known as charnushska
•USDA Zones 5-10

Black cumin is a lovely annual plant that produces white or sometimes light blue flowers in clouds of fluffy green leaves making the flowers appear to float in a foamy green sea. Easy to grow from seed and prolific in flowers especially if re-seeded several times during the year to increase bloom time. The flowers are followed by puffy ball shaped seed heads that are attractive and often used in dried flower arrangements. The seeds have been used medicinally for over 3000 years.

Culinary Uses:
The seeds are commonly roasted and ground as a spice and are widely used in India, the Middle East, and parts of north Africa to season curries, rice, breads, and sweet confections.

Medicinal Uses:
The medicinal use of black cumin seeds in various traditional herbal systems is known for a wide range of ailments which include different airway disorders, for pain such as chronic headache and back pain, diabetes, paralysis, infection, inflammation, hypertension, and digestive tract related problems administered in different kind of preparations. It has also been used topically where it is applied directly to the blisters, nasal abscesses, orchitis, eczema, and swollen joints.

Growing Instructions:
Start the Cumin seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last expected frost for transplanting outdoors. Or, after the last frost, directly plant the Black Cumin herb seeds outdoors. Sow in full sun to partial shade, 3-4 seeds per plant, 1/8" deep, 5-9" apart and keep moist until germination. Some gardeners sow the Nigella Sativa seeds in several successive weeks in order to keep a longer season. Black Cumin plants need a sunny location in the herb garden and well-drained soil. Water the herb plants regularly during prolonged periods of dry weather. After the seed heads begin to dry, cut the stems, tie them together and place the seed heads in a brown paper bag. Hang the stems upside down in a warm well-ventilated place until the herb seeds are done drying. Place the seeds in an airtight container.

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