Black Seed / Kalonji / Black Caraway / Fennel flower / Nigella sativa
Profile: Not to be confused with TV chefs. This essential Indian spice pairs well with grains, beans, and roasted vegetables.
Love-in-the-mist flowers are a beautiful garden plant with enormous sky blue blooms and lacy leaves. The culinary black seeds are from a species with cream-colored petals and fewer petals. (It's very dull.)
Nigella, black caraway, and kalonji seeds are all varieties of this plant's seeds. The seeds are small and dark. They are widely consumed in India, West Bengal, and Bangladesh. Grinding the seeds creates volatile oils that quickly deteriorate. The seeds are commonly used intact as a garnish for breads and curries. The seeds are also used to season legume, grain, potato, and vegetable recipes.
While their crunchy texture is appealing, it is their distinct flavor that makes them stand out. Salt and starches bring out their subtle nutty-earthy flavor. The scent is yeasty and bready with oregano overtones.
|Basic Prep:||Crush, or add whole to recipe as instructed.|
|Shelf Life:||4 Years.|
|Ways To Use:||Nigella seeds are used in a variety of delicacies, including English seed cake. This spice goes well with duck, cabbage, potatoes, sausages, and goose. Black seed can be consumed after meals as a digestive aid.|
|Cuisine:||North American, Southeast Asia, Southwestern American, Vietnamese, Indian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, North African.|
|Country of Origin:||India.|
|Taste & Aroma:||Bittersweet, Pungent, Sweet, Warm & Earthy.|
|Handling / Storage:||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Allergen Information:||None Specified.|
|Dietary Preferences:||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO.|