Buy Black Cumin (Nigella)
Black Cumin is a bitter spice, used sparingly to add an intense depth of flavour to food. It's best used to flavour liquors, spice rubs and bread. Use in small quantities, this exotic spice goes a long way!
Black Cumin (Nigella) Cooking Notes:
Flavour: Pepper, Nutmeg, Strong Bitterness
Usage: Use the spice directly, no need to grind. Black Cumin can be used for cooking breads, tea, and ethnic desserts. Use with care, it's quite bitter!
Cuisine: Indian, Egyptian, Turkish, Sri Lankan
Food Pairings: Spice rubs, bread, meat, liquors
Serving size: 0.5 grams
Recipes: Stir fried Spinach
Black Cumin (Nigella) Technical Notes:
Quality: Grade A, Machine Sorted
Industry Knowledge: Although given the name "Black Cumin", this spice is worlds apart from the popular Cumin Seed. Black Cumin has a much more bitter flavour, with additional flavour notes of Nutmeg and Pepper. It's used throughout South West Asia, and is also very popular in Mediterranean cuisines. This spice is used most often to flavour breads, such as Peshwari Naan in India and Braided Dough Buns in Turkey. It's also used in numerous spice mixtures, used as a spice rub for meats, and also in liquors. Regency's Black Cumin is a superior variety, obtained from a single source of Black Cumin seeds, unadulterated with other varieties. Because of this, the flavour is more pronounced and only small amounts need to be added for a full flavour impact.
Black Cumin is by no means a modern spice - Black Cumin Seeds, much like these, were uncovered in Tutankhamen's Tomb, as well as other ancient Egyptian sites. Isaiah in the Old Testament also refers to Black Cumin seeds, and if that weren't enough, they were found in a Hittite flask in Turkey which was dated back to roughly 2000BC. In more modern times, due to it's numerous health benefits, companies such as Nestle have reportedly filed for patents covering its use in food allergy treatment
Also known as: Nigella sativa, NIGELLA, FENNEL FLOWER, NUTMEG FLOWER, BLACK CARAWAY, ROMAN CORIANDER, KALAJEERA, KALAJIRA, KALAUNGI, काला जीरा, 黑茴香
Please note that our ingredients are 100% natural and processed using traditional methods. As a result there may be some visible imperfections. Our spices will have variations in size and colour due to factors such as the amount of sunlight they received when growing, or the amount of rainfall in a particular season. These differences in appearance are entirely normal, and are the result of not treating them with any chemicals, reducing unnecessary hand selection, and minimizing waste.
I use the Nigella for bread making. I love the favour of the Nigella from Regency Spices which make the smell of the bread much more attractive and nice. The quality is great!
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I use Nigella and cumin seeds for lamb dishes, it is so good! Black cumin cannot be easily found in supermarkets.