Is Nigella an onion?

Amateur Gardening - - Ask The Ag Experts! -

Q I found this jar on the spice rack and am con­fused. Are they onion seeds or Nigella? Vivien Drake, Heath­field, East Sus­sex

A Nigella sativa seeds are used in cook­ing, par­tic­u­larly in In­dian and mid­dle east­ern recipes.

The plant be­longs to the but­ter­cup fam­ily and the small, black seeds look very much like onion seeds.

They have a pep­pery taste and are also known as black cumin and by other names in­clud­ing Kalonji, Ro­man co­rian­der and black car­away.

Nigella seeds are also called black onion seeds

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