Nigella sativa has pale blue flowers followed by pods full of edible seeds. Modern research has confirmed their health benefits. Also known as Black Caraway and Black Seed.
In India, the seeds of Nigella sativa are used as an ingredient in dahl. In Russia, they are added to rye bread. The flavor is similar to nutmeg or fennel, and the seeds can also be ground and used as a pepper substitute.
Nigella sativa is easy to grow from seed. Just scatter the seeds in early spring. The pods will be ready to harvest by late summer. Self sows. Deer resistant.
Sowing Nigella sativa Seeds:
Sow outdoors in early spring or fall. Sow on the surface or barely cover the seeds. Thin to 6" apart. To prolong the bloom season, make successive sowings every 4 weeks. Full sun.