Nigella sativa.Annual. 10".
Aromatic seeds are used as a seasoning for string cheese and sprinkled on breads and rolls.Black Cumin seeds are used extensively in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. Black Cumin has been used as a medicinal herb throughout history; Black Cumin seeds were even found in Tatankhamun's tomb.
Planting Directions: Sow seeds in peat pots, indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out, direct sowing is usually more successful. Just barely cover the seed with sterile seed starting mix with a soil temperature of 65-70?. Direct sow in early spring, when soil is cool and a light frost is still possible, or in late autumn where winters are mild. Transplant or thin to 8-12” apart. Plant in well prepared soil that has been amended with rich compost or a general garden fertilizer and in full sun. Water when soil is dry and deadhead regularly.
Remarks: To use seeds in cooking detach brown pods from plants and dry out of direct light. Rub pods gently to release seeds. Dry completely and store in a sealed jar.