Nigella seeds or black cumin, also known as fennel flower, black seed, or kalonji, is a spice obtained from the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant. Nigella seeds can treat several health conditions, including issues related to the digestive tract, respiratory problems, insomnia, and excessive menstruation.
Blessed with a unique, distinctive aroma, a pungent, bitter flavour, and a peppery touch that is not too overpowering, Nigella seeds are an excellent addition to various cuisines. This globose seed belongs to the Ranunculaceae family and is native to India and temperate regions, where it is used as a spice for its aromatic and slightly bitter flavour. In addition to being used as a spice, Nigella Sativa seeds and oil are also used in various traditional systems of medicine, such as Ayurveda and Unani, because of their healing properties.