What To Eat Now: nigella seeds
Long gone are the days that seeds were only for the birds. These days they rank alongside kale and avocado in the health charts. Some are well known, such as pumpkin and sesame, but what about lesser-spotted nigella seeds? Are they destined for the big time as well?
Nigella seeds are also known by several other names including fennel flower seeds, Roman coriander seeds, black cumin seeds and simply black seeds. They come from the flowering nigella sativa and, like most seeds, contain fibre, minerals and essential fats. As we tend to eat small amounts of seeds, the nutritional benefit is limited, therefore in spite of the presence of ALA, an omega 3 fat similar to that found in oily fish and walnuts, you would have to eat an unusually large amount of nigella seeds in order to get a meaningful dose of omega 3 fats.