All questions

Can anyone explain the difference between nigella and black cumin? I've found some recipes that say they are the same thing, but on my quick google search I found pages that say they are different. Any thoughts?

asked by lifestooshort almost 8 years ago

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
5 answers 26465 views
hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added almost 8 years ago

they are 2 different things. here's some good info on each.
http://www.worldspice.com/spices/0122kalajeera.shtml
http://www.worldspice.com/spices/0138nigellaseed.shtml

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
gluttonforlife
added almost 8 years ago

nigella, sometimes called black onion seeds, have a bitterness like mustard; black cumin is shaped more like white cumin and has a richer flavor

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
prettyPeas
added almost 8 years ago

Wow, I though I knew the answer to this one, but upon googling there seem to be many meanings of "black cumin". I've never heard nigella (botanical name Nigella sativa) called black cumin, but *according to wikipedia* it happens. I've bought nigella labeled kalonji, the Hindi name. I always assumed black cumin meant the thinner, darker cumin/jeera (botanical name Bunium persicum) available at Indian groceries as opposed to standard cumin, which is fatter and tanner (botanical name Cuminum cyminum). I guess this is the sort of confusion we get when we start renaming ingredients, like calling cilantro "Chinese parsley".

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
beyondcelery
added almost 8 years ago

I find it's often easier to look for black cumin under its Hindi name, kala jeera. In my experience, most spice markets label it "kala jeera," probably to keep away from the confusion of a purely descriptive name.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
beyondcelery
added almost 8 years ago

I find it's often easier to look for black cumin under its Hindi name, kala jeera. In my experience, most spice markets label it "kala jeera," probably to keep away from the confusion of a purely descriptive name.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
Recommended by Food52