The black seeds taste like a combination of onions, black pepper and oregano. They have a pungent bitter taste and smell. Black seed also known as Kalonji oil contains conjugated linoleic (18:2) acid, thymoquinone, nigellone (dithymoquinone), melanthin, nigilline, damascenine, and trans-anethole.Kalonji Seed Comes From
The best seeds come from Egypt where they grow under almost perfect conditions in oases where they are watered until the seed pods form.
In India Kalonji is majorly grown in middle part of the country. It is cultivated under rabi season from oct-nov to mar-april. One acre of land yields around 3-3.5 KG of black seed and takes 130 to 150 days for cultivation.
The seeds of Kalonji are used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.
It is also used as part of the spice mixture, panch phoron (meaning a mixture of five spices) by itself in many recipes in Bengali cuisine. Kalonji is most recognizably used in naan bread.
Kalonji seeds are very beneficial for any respiratory discomfort, asthma, bronchitis, cough, allergies, flu, emphysema. These seeds also treat your GI system. They help relieve gas, reduces colic, diarrhea, constipation, dysentery, hemorrhoids.
Kalonji are also a natural way to birth control as they initiate menstruation and lactating mothers use to enhance their milk production.
Kalonji seeds also help in lowering blood cholesterol, blood pressure. It is also seen to be effective for treating cancer an boosting up the immunity of body.
Kalonji seeds were mainly useful for severe- headache, internal worms, toothache and nasal congestion. It was also seen to be effective in various other contagious and non contagious infections like conjunctivitis, abscesses and parasites.
It can be useful for To prevent hair loss To remove pimples and its marks For treatment of headaches and toothaches. It also prevents asthma attacks. It gives healthy heart. It cures joints pain. To improves eye sight. It also prevents cancer and its complications. It lowers blood pressure. It gives healthy kidney. Kalonji also helps in weight loss.