Annual

Black Cumin

NZ $3.95

Description

Legendary spicy herb from Asia with many culinary and medicinal uses. Best known as kalonji and used to flavour Naan bread, it can also be used in pickles, cheeses, breads, fish dishes and curries. Its aromatic black poppy-like seeds have an aniseed smell more like peppery nutmeg when crushed. It has a long history in Islamic medicine for its numerous antiseptic, stimulant and diuretic properties and, according to legend, the prophet Mohammed encouraged its use for curing everything except death! From the Nigella family, at maturity the flowers will drop leaving inflated seed pods which should be left until they turn papery golden brown. The seed inside is easy to extract and separate for dry storage.

Maturity 90 days from direct sowing.

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4630

Nigella sativa

Information

OPTIMUM SOIL TEMP FOR GERMINATION DAYS TO GERMINATION HEIGHT DISTANCE APART TO PLANT SEEDLINGS WHEN TO SOW NUMBER OF SEEDS PER PACKET PREFERRED GROWING METHOD BEST USE
15-25 10-14 45cm-icon 45cm 15cm-icon 15cm 2.3 1000 Direct Sow-icon Direct Sow Culinary/Medicinal-icon Culinary/Medicinal

KEY to WHEN TO SOW

  1 Early Spring 2 Late Spring &
Early Summer
3 Late Summer &
Early Autumn

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