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Bunium Persicum is a plant species that belongs to the family Apiaceae.




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Bunium Persicum is a plant species that belongs to the family Apiaceae.

Overview of Bunium Persicum

• It is related to cumin and commonly called “black cumin”.
• It has a smoky, earthy taste.
• Dried Bunium persicum fruits are used as a culinary spice.
• They are used as spice in northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Iran.
• The plant grows wild in a wide range from southeastern Europe east to southern Asia.
• It can grow up to a height of about 60 centimeters (24 in) tall and 25 centimeters (9.8 in) wide.
• It bears frilly leaves and hermaphroditic flowers.
• It is pollinated by insects and self-fertile.
• The plants from which these seeds are picked are seen in the higher-elevation region of Drass and Kargil sector in Leh region.
• The plants are not more than a meter in height.
• They are about two feet in width.
• The small and rounded taproot is edible.
• It is used raw or cooked.
• It is said to taste like sweet chestnuts.
• The leaf can be used as an herb.
• It is used to garnish like parsley.

Scientific classification of Bunium Persicum

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Asterids
• Order : Apiales
• Family : Apiaceae
• Genus : Bunium
• Species : B. persicum
• Binomial name : Bunium persicum (Boiss.) B. Fedtsch.

Growing/Caring conditions for Bunium Persicum

• Start cumin seeds indoors.
• Start them approximately two months prior to the last frost.
• Sow the seeds later.
• Start them outdoors.
• Space seeds about the soil surface.
• This should be ¾ of the way up when starting in trays or pots.
• Cover the seeds with approximately an inch of starter or potting soil.
• Do so prior watering.
• Water in a gentle fashion so that the seeds aren’t washed away.
• Be sure the seeds are thoroughly soaked.
• Keep them moistened.
• Follow the same until strong seedlings sprout.
• Do so until one is ready to plant outdoors.
• Plant seedlings in a sunny spot in the garden.
• Plant them in good soil about 3 to 4 inches apart.
• Water regularly.
• Keep the area weeded.
• The cumin grows to about 12 inches in height.
• Gardening shears allow for easy clipping of the seed heads.
• Leave a reasonable amount of stalk on the heads for hanging.
• Store collected cumin seeds in airtight containers until used.





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