Nigella Sativa

Nigella Sativa
Nigella Sativa
Nigella Sativa Nigella Sativa
100344 001
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2.9 oz
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Nigella Sativa’s faint, barely-there fragrance may fool you into thinking that it’s a little black seed that doesn’t have a lot to offer. Think again. Once the warm, bitter shell is cracked, a host of flavors sprint out. There’s an herbaceous, oregano-like flavor, with an aroma that wafts up and lives near the roof of the mouth. That’s followed by a bit of a bite reminiscent of both black pepper and onion, that lingers long enough to be noticed but not so long that it’s unwelcome. Nigella fades into an almost walnut-like finish, as the oils from this fatty little seed release into the mouth. This seed is 36-38% inert oil, which creates the luxurious mouthfeel, and anywhere from 0.5-2.5% volatile oil, which drives the flavor.

The seeds of Nigella Sativa, a flower that’s a member of the buttercup family, may be the most regionally- or incorrectly-named spice in the world. A seed that has been cultivated since the time of ancient Egypt, it is known by multiple names. Nigella comes from the Latin word niger, or “black”. Nigella is also known by its Urdu name, kalonji, or its Russian name, charnushka, which means “little black seed”. Nigella Sativa kind of looks like a bunch of other small seeds, so it’s regularly mis-identified. It is also known as onion seed, though it bears no actual relation to onions, which are part of the lily family. It’s also regularly called black caraway or black cumin, which are members of the carrot family. You may see it called kala jeera, but that’s the Hindi name for black cumin—jeera means “cumin” in Hindi, kala means “black”. It is also occasionally called fennel flower, though it bears no relation to fennel plants which, again, are members of the carrot family. It’s called fennel flower because it has feathery leaves that resemble fennel fronds.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Nigella Sativa is most often used whole because grinding them tends to emphasize the seed’s bitter flavors. It is terrific sprinkled over poached eggs, or as a garnish for crostini topped with ricotta and fava beans. Whip feta with yogurt as a dip for fresh vegetables and top feta with nigella seeds. Scatter over homemade crackers or flatbreads before baking. Stir a tablespoonful into coconut rice, barley pilaf, or mango chutney. Mix into shredded potatoes and fry into latkes. Roast cauliflower with nigella and turmeric. Take a handful and toss over fennel and orange salad or Butternut Squash and Apple Soup.

Our Nigella Sativa is cultivated in India.

This product is certified kosher.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat1g2%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate0.8g0%

Dietary Fiber0.8g3%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.9 out of 5
9 total ratings.

Rick G. (Verified buyer) 12/31/2021
Really different stuff - but Really different stuff - but I like it like that!

Debbie P. (Verified buyer) 08/14/2020
Very nice Love the seeds. I only got to use a little on this dish. I sprinkled them on the habanero mustard I served with my polenta prawn dish. I look forward to making bread next! 🧚‍♀️

Diane Q. (Verified buyer) 06/20/2020
Best flavor! This is a hard to find seed, glad I found it here. Awesome flavor great for my Russian rye bread!

Rosemary A. (Verified buyer) 05/29/2020
Nice quality I use these in cold salads and other dishes when I'm cooking for family that can't eat onion. They are tasty and not too strong, but also not stale like they are when I've bought them elsewhere.

Ethel M. (Verified buyer) 02/01/2020
Nigella seeds Excellent. Fresh. Easy to grind :)

John K. (Verified buyer) 08/01/2018
Nigella seeds and great customer service When I cannot make it to one of the larger cities and cannot find the spices that make food into a satisfying dinner, I rely on to bring me the best and freshest spices. This is a wonderful company. The nigella seeds are pretty good also. Thanks. John

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