Black cumin

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Black cumin can refer to the seeds of either of two quite different plants, both of which are used as spices:

  • Bunium bulbocastanum, black cumin is considered similar to caraway, but they are two distinctly different plants. The seeds differ dramatically in shape, color and size.
  • Nigella sativa, black caraway is also called kalonji or nigella, and more common in the Far East, Mideast, India and Africa.