Black Cumin (Nigella sativa)


In addition to black cumin, nigella sativa is known by many different names: black seed, black caraway, fennel flower, nutmeg flower, Roman coriander, devil in a bush and love in a mist!  The seeds taste like a combination of onions, black pepper, and oregano.  They can be used as a spice for Indian, Middle Eastern and Polish cuisines, or dry-roasted to flavour curries, vegetables, and pulses. Dating back to ancient times (found in Tutankhamun’s tomb, for example), these seeds are a historical condiment.

Available only as seed.  


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Botanical name
Nigella sativa


Space plants 20-30 cm (10-12″) apart. Grows to 20-30 cm tall.

3 mm (1/8″)

Full sunlight. Good drainage. Soil pH 6 to 7. Average soil. Can survive in dry soils.

Seeds should sprout in 14-21 days.

Aphids, slugs, snails

Sow every three weeks from just before the last frost until the start of summer. Or start indoors, 4 or 6 weeks in advance.  Transplant after last frost.

Regular feed. Regular watering during prolonged dry periods.

To capture the seeds, cut stems when the seed pods start to dry out a bit and hang upside down in a brown paper bag. As the seeds dry, they drop into the bottom of the bag. Collect the seed and store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Hardy annual