Black Seeds (also known as Black Cumin Seeds, Nigella Sativa, and Kalonji) originated in Southern Asia, Southern Europe and North America. They have been used for centuries to promote health. The fruit of the plant contains small black seeds that, for thousands of years have been revered for both their medicinal and culinary uses. It’s believed the seed oil was used as a beauty aid by Cleopatra and a hepatic (liver) and digestive aid by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. The seeds are mentioned in the Old Testament and were even found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. It’s said the prophet Mohammed proclaimed they could cure “anything but death”.
With a taste and aroma reminiscent of black pepper, onions and oregano, pure black seed oil is ideal for use in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines where it adds a delicate peppery flavor to such favorites as curries, soups, and vegetable and meat dishes. Black seed is known as “Habbat al Barakah” which means “the blessed seed”, called hubbath-us-sauda in Arabic.
Ways to use black seed oil…
- Massage into scalp
- Blend into a green smoothie
- Drizzle over curries and lentils
- Excellent on roasted root vegetables
- Try black seed oil pre-blended with olive oil and sacha inchi oil in our PRIMALOIL blend
- Drizzle over hummus
- Mix with extra virgin olive oil and toss into freshly steamed vegetables
- Stir into roasted eggplant dip
- Add a teaspoon to yogurt-cucumber raita or tzatziki sauce
- Add a bit to your favorite vinaigrette salad dressing
- Toss a spoonful into bean salads