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Nigella Seeds

Nigella Seeds

Black cumin seeds are dark, thin, and crescent-shaped when whole. The seeds have been used for many centuries in the Middle East (Syria, Egypt), the Mediterranean area and India. The plantation is done in December/January and the fruits become ripe during June according to the Syrian region where the plant is grown. It tastes slightly bitter and peppery with a crunchy texture. Syria is one of the most important countries that export Nigella. It is an ingredient of several spice mixes and is sprinkled on bread. Today, black cumin seeds are used as a seasoning spice in different cuisines across the world due to their nutty flavor. Besides their culinary uses, black cumin seeds also have a wealth of important health benefits and are one of the most cherished medicinal seeds in history.

The seeds of the black cumin plant contain over 100 chemical compounds, including some yet to be identified. It is believed that the primary active ingredient is crystalline nigellone.
Black cumin seeds have a particularly long and strong history use in Egypt. When archaeologists found and examined the tomb of Egyptian king Tutankhamen (King Tut), they found a bottle of black cumin oil, which suggested that it was believed to be needed in the afterlife.

Physicians to the Egyptian pharaohs frequently used the seeds after extravagant feasts to calm upset stomachs. They also used the seeds to treat headaches, toothaches, colds, and infections. Queen Nefertiti, renowned for her stunning beauty, used black seed oil, likely due to its abilities to strengthen and bring luster to hair and nails. Hundreds of studies have been conducted on black cumin, which has shown that compounds from the seeds help fight diseases by boosting the production of bone marrow, natural interferon, and immune cells. Several of the studies have shown that black cumin seed extract could assist individuals with autoimmune disorders and could possibly help in fighting cancer. One recent study on black cumin seed oil demonstrated that it was effective against pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest and most difficult diseases. One of black cumin’s most popular and effective uses is the treatment of diseases related to the respiratory system including asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and cold symptoms. The seeds help increase body tone, stimulate menstrual period, and increase the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers. Black cumin seed oil helps calm the nervous system, quells colic pain, stimulates urine production, helps treat pertussis, improves digestion and helps prevent and lower high blood pressures.

Qualities of Nigella exported by East Med Crops:

  1. Imp. 0.5% (sortex quality)
  2. Imp. 1%

Packing Types:

  1. New Jute bags 40 kg
  2. New pp bags 20,25 kg


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