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On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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The small, black, angular seed of Nigella sativa, a close Eurasian relative of the common ornamental plant love-in-a-mist, tastes like a milder, more complex version of thyme or oregano, with a hint of caraway. It’s used from India through southwest Asia in breads and other dishes.