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Nigella sativa
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Nigella sativa
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Nigella sativa

Nigella sativa is a black cumin (also known as nigella or kalonji). It is an annual flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae. It is from south and southwest Asia. Nigella sativa can grow to be 20–30 cm (7.9–11.8 in) tall.

The black cumin fruit has numerous seeds which are used as spice, sometimes as a replacement for original black cumin Bunium bulbocastanum.

The black seeds taste like a combination of onions, black pepper, and oregano. They have a pungent, bitter taste and smell.

The dry-roasted seeds flavor curries, vegetables, and pulses. They can be used as a seasoning in recipes with pod fruit, vegetables, salads, and poultry. In some cultures, the black seeds are used to flavor bread products, and are used as part of the spice mixture panch phoron (meaning a mixture of five spices) and alone in many recipes in Bengali cuisine and most recognizably in naan. Nigella is also used in Armenian string cheese, a braided string cheese called majdouleh or majdouli in the Middle East.

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