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Nigella (black cumin) (whole)
peppery, slightly bitter, mild
May contain traces of celery, mustard and sesame seeds.
Good to know
Nigella is also called black cumin but has nothing to do with cumin and also comes from a completely different plant family. Although it has been known in naturopathy for some time, it is more likely to lead to a shadowy existence in Europe – quite wrongly. Not only is it very healthy, it fits with its nutty character to many dishes.
lamb, squid, pumpkin, legumes, roast potatoes, root vegetables
Enjoy whole or ground; best grind in the mill as the seeds are very hard.
Full taste development
Before usage roast the seeds dry and then add it ground or mortared to the food to create a nutty, earthy aroma.
Tastes excellent with roasted potatoes; good combinations with cumin or sesame. Pepper sauces can also be refined wonderfully with Nigella.
An Arabic proverb says, "Nigella can heal everything except death" – we don't know if it's so effective, but it's definitely quite a panacea. One of more than 100 health-promoting substances in Nigella is called "thymoquinone", an antioxidant that really only occurs in this plant.
Blood & Heart
Nigella lowers blood pressure while maintaining "bad" LDL cholesterol. In general, it has a positive effect on all risk factors for heart disease.
Nigella can not only prevent the spread of cancer cells and metastases, but also kill them and support the effectiveness of drugs during chemotherapy. This has already been proven in studies of more than a dozen cancers, which is due in particular to the thymoquinone present in Nigella.
Asthmatics should definitely include Nigella in their diet, as it acts as an antioxidant and can relieve symptoms and reduce the number of seizures, especially as oil.
Mind & Head
Pain or epileptic seizures should also be reduced by consuming nigella or at least support the effects of medications.