Tamil Name - காட்டு சீரகம் 1 - Kaatu Seeragam Also Called as Wild Jeera
Bunium bulbocastanum is a plant species in the family Apiaceae. It is related to cumin (Cuminum cyminum) and commonly called black cumin, blackseed,, black caraway, or great pignut, and has a smoky, earthy taste. It is often confused with Nigella sativa.
Local names for the spice are Kala Jeera (meaning ‘black cumin’) or shahi jeera (meaning ‘imperial cumin’) in Hindi. It is called as ‘zireh kuhi’, meaning ‘wild cumin’ in Persian and as ‘siyoh dona’ meaning ‘black seed’ in Tajiki. It is practically unknown outside these areas. Kashmiris call it as ‘Kashmir zireh’ or ‘Koshur zur’.
Black Cumin Seed help in Digestion, Psoriasis, Eczema, Diarrhea, Colic, Asthma, Allergies, Cough, and Flu.
They are used as a spice in breads especially rye bread, which is denser because of the yeast-killing properties of the essential oil, limonene.