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Black Seed | Kalonji


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Description

Black Seed, also known as nigella or kalonji, is an annual flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae. This plant is native to south and southwest Asia. The Major producers of Long Pepper are India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Italy, Sri Lanka and Eastern countries.

Description:

The Black Seed or Kalonji are derived from the fruit of the Nigella sativa. The fruit is a large and inflated capsule composed of three to seven follicles, each containing numerous seeds that are used as a spice. The Black seeds taste like a combination of onions, black pepper, and oregano. They have a pungent and bitter taste.

Storage:

Black seeds or Kalonji can be stored in an airtight container away from moisture, heat, and sunlight. Then, they will remain their flavor for about one year.

Uses:

Black Seeds are used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. The dry roasted seeds flavor curries, vegetables and pulses. They can be used as a Pepper in the recipe with pod fruits, vegetables, salads, and poultry.

Health Benefits:

There are many Health’s Benefits mentioned below,

  • Acts Anti-oxidant
  • Acts Anti-Depressant
  • Acts Anti-Inflammatory
  • Acts Anti-Fungal
  • Protect against Heart Problem
  • Act Anti-Diabetic
  • Cure Arthritis
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Improve Indigestion
  • Encourage Appetite
  • Improve Blood Circulation
  • Prevents Dehydration
  • Prevent Obesity
  • Reduce Cholesterol
  • Improve Immunity

Nutritional Value of Black Seed:

Nutritional Value of Black Seed contains per 100gms is mentioned below:

Energy                                375 kcal

Carbohydrates                  44.2 g

Fiber         10.5 g

Fat                                      0.58 g

Protein                               17.8 g

Vitamins

Vitamin A                           1270 IU

Vitamin C                           7.7 mg

Vitamins E                         3.3 mg

Thiamin                              0.6 mg

Riboflavin                          0.3 mg

Niacin                                4.6 mg

Vitamin B6                        0.4 mg

Folate                                10 mcg

Choline                              24.7 mg

Minerals

Calcium                               931 mg

Iron                                      66.4 mg

Magnesium                        366 mg

Manganese                        3.3 mg

Phosphorus                         499 mg

Potassium                           1788 mg

Sodium                                168 mg

Zinc                                       4.8 mg

Copper                                 0.9 mg

Selenium                             5.2 mcg

Properties:

Shape:  Stubby

Size:  2 mm

Color: Black

Taste:  Bitter

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