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Wild Mountain Cumin Seeds

Burlap and Barrel

This sumptuous and wild varietal of Cumin (Bunium persicum) is hand-picked and sun-dried in the Hindu Kush mountains of Badakhshan, Afghanistan. These tiny, oblong and black seeds with long stems are Botanically distinct from their cousins (Cuminum cyminum). Renowned in Afghanistan and throughout central and south Asia for its delicious flavor as well as its medicinal properties as a powerful digestive, iron-rich and blood sugar-stabilizing plant it can be used in many ways. With a savory, penetrating aroma and bright, umami flavor invoking Flavors of Dried apricots, caramelized onions, and fresh mountain air.

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How to Use: Toast whole seeds or grind or add into warm beverages to aid in digestion. Add Flavor to Stir-Fries, soups or create a DIY Curry powder.

Pairs well with:  Black Urfa Chili

Meet the Farmer: Ali Mohamed harvest this wild mountain cumin with foragers who bring it down to Faizabad from the high lush mountains of Afghanistan's Hindu Kush, where it is cleaned and prepared for shipment

Meet the Maker: Burlap and Barrel source their organic, chemical-free Wild mountain cumin directly through networks of foragers. The Hindu Kush range is characterized by steep, rocky peaks cut through by green river valleys; the significant snowfall in the winter results in abundant vegetation in the short spring and summer seasons despite low rainfall. The rocky soil cultivates an ancient and resilient varietal of cumin with a warm pungent flavor and irresistible aroma. The cumin grows wild and other than the small quantities we export, is harvested only for local consumption; there is no scalability or institutional infrastructure for export, and we are only able to source this very rare cumin varietal because of Burlap & Barrel founder Ethan’s years working in Badakhshan and surrounding provinces.