Black Cumin: A Seed of Many Names


| October/November 2003


Historically, this medicinal seed has gone by numerous names, including:

African = Kolonji
Arabic = Habbatussada (or habba sooda)
High Arabic = Shouniz
Armenian = Shouhma
Egyptian = Habat et Baraka
English = Nigella, love-in-a-mist, fennel flower, black cumin, black caraway, black coriander, black seed English, Old (also in King James Version of the Bible) = Fitch
Finnish = Neidonkuka
French = Cheveux de venus, Nigelle or Faux cumin
German = Schwarzhuemmel, later protvurz or brotchrut
Greek, Ancient = Melánthion or meláspermom
Hebrew = Ketzah
Hindi and Urdu = Kalonji
Indian = Nutmeg flower
Italian = Nigela
Persian = Schonaiz
Russian = Charnushka
Sri Lankan = Kaladuru




Rachel Albert-Matesz, a frequent contributor to The Herb Companion, lives in Phoenix. 

Click here for the original article, Black Cumin: One of Life's Tiny Treasures.








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