That’s a bit of a mouthful really. Luckily this remarkable seed is also known as Black Seed, Fennel Flower and Black Cumin Seed. All this week I’m going to be posting on the ancient wonders of this little black seed – now finding its way back into the limelight. We’ve missed you.
The Black Seeds originate from the common fennel flower plant (Nigella sativa) of the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. It is sometimes mistakenly confused with the fennel herb plant (Foeniculum vulgare).
Humans have been using the seed from this flowering plant in our cooking, beauty regimes and medicine cabinets for over 2000 years. It was even discovered in Egyptian pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb, dating back approximately 3,300 years.
In Arabic cultures, black cumin is known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the “Seed of Blessing.” It is also believed that the Islamic prophet Mohammed said that it’s “a remedy for all diseases except death.”