Some people have yet to try black cumin seed oil. Given its amazing health benefits, I’m happy to provide a delicious and easy way to do that if you haven’t. And if you have, add this one to your quick meal library.
Traditionally used for centuries to treat everything from hypertension, to eczema, to diabetes, recent studies confirm that thymoquinone, its main active constituent, has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, fights cancer, and protects the liver.
A 2020 study at New York Medical College found black seed oil combined with omega-3 fatty acids provided protection against obesity-induced oxidative stress, inflammation, and insulin resistance.
Black cumin seed oil comes from the pressed seeds of the nigella sativa plant, a flowering shrub native to Turkey, Syria, and parts of Iraq. Also called black seed, black cumin, black caraway, and kalonji, the seed has a strong aroma and flavor profile that has notes of onion, oregano, and black pepper.
If using black cumin seed oil, be sure it is organic and cold pressed. If using the whole seed, it’s not a bad idea to lightly toast it before adding it whole or ground to spice up a curry dish, a veggie ferment, or even bread.
In my wilted greens recipe I use kale, but feel free to use greens of your choice. I would only suggest that if it's a tough leaf like kale, massaging it with lemon juice or salt (depending on your health needs) will break down the cellulose walls making the nutrients more bioavailable.
If possible, sprout any other seeds or nuts you decide to use. This greatly improves their digestibility and nutritional value.
As with all my recipes, customize to meet your nutritional needs and preferences.
If you are feeling adventurous, a popular Bengali spice mix called panch phoron is made by mixing equal parts cumin, fennel, nigella, fenugreek, and mustard seeds. Delicious!
Just make a point of trying something new as often as possible! The more variety in your diet, the better!!!
Wilted Greens with Garlic and Black Cumin Oil
- 1 box baby kale
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon Amazing Herbs Organic Cold Pressed Black Seed Oil
- sprinkle ground hemp seeds
- sprinkle ground sesame seeds
- sprinkle ground sunflower seeds
1. Place baby kale and lemon juice in a large bowl.
2. Massage with hands.
3. Add Black Seed Oil and crushed garlic.
4. Mix with hands.
5. On top sprinkle ground hemp seeds, ground sesame seeds, and ground sunflower