Wild Mountain Cumin - Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Spices
Wild Mountain Cumin
Wild Mountain Cumin
Wild Mountain Cumin

Wild Mountain Cumin

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Our Wild Mountain Cumin has a savory, penetrating aroma and bright, umami flavor. The tiny, oblong black seeds are hand-picked by foragers in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. Botanically distinct from common cumin, our Wild Mountain Cumin is renowned in Afghanistan and throughout central and south Asia for its delicious flavor as well as its medicinal properties. It has a savory, penetrating aroma and bright, umami flavor evocative of grilled meats and sweet caramelized onions.

What they're saying:

"This made me question every taste of cumin I'd had before." Food & Wine

“This is like a supercharged version of what you know and love from Sichuan food or tacos. It’s incredibly versatile.” Rikki Giambruno, Chef & Owner, Hyacinth

  • Origin: Badakhshan, Afghanistan
  • Aliases: Black cumin, Persian cumin, kala jeera, Elwendia persica
  • Process: Sun-dried
  • Ingredients: Whole wild cumin (Bunium persicum)
  • Tasting notes: Grilled Onion • Dried Apricots • Mountain Air

COOKING

SOURCING

Our Wild Mountain Cumin is sourced directly from networks of foragers in the Hindu Kush mountain range of Badakhshan province in the northeastern corner of Afghanistan. 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.

Burlap & Barrel is the only importer of Wild Mountain Cumin from Afghanistan. Our cumin grows wild and can be considered naturally organic, as no pesticides or other chemicals are used in its cultivation.

Meet the Forager: Ali collects our Wild Mountain Cumin from foragers who bring it down from the high mountains of Afghanistan's Hindu Kush to Faizabad, where he cleans it and prepares it for shipment.

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09/09/2020
Cheryl V.
United States United States

Wild Mountain Cumin

I'm 2/3 through the jar and wondering if it's already all sold out. I love love love this amazing cumin. I may need to use sparingly moving forward.... no... I'll enjoy it while it lasts. Next time it's available though I'll but as much as they let me.

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JF
08/27/2020
Jill F.
United States United States

The most Delightfully fragrant cumin!

It doesn’t get better.

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01/23/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Excellent Product

A little goes a long way with this incredibly rich product.

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01/17/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Hard to grind down.

Good to have fresh cumin but it is difficult to grind to the consistency I like in the mortar and pestle even after toasting. Load to also buy store bought ground cumin

01/18/2022

Burlap & Barrel

Thank you so much for reaching out! The Wild Mountain Cumin seeds are softer and smaller than what you may be used to, so they can be used whole in recipes calling for ground cumin. Try it and see how you like it! Otherwise, an electric grinder is a good way to make them into powder. Please just let us know if we can help with anything else.

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01/16/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Gift to daughter

I gave the spices to my daughter who had them on her Christmas list. She was thrilled to receive them and looks forward to using them.

SD
12/24/2021
Sherry D.
United States United States

Excellent Spices

Love the quality of the spices. You can tell the difference from “other” spices. These spices have such depth in aroma & flavor.

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12/24/2021
Anonymous
United States United States

One of my favorites

This cumin has a bright taste that you can’t get with the powder. It is delicious. I highly recommend if you enjoy cumin! It’s my second favorite burlap spice, after the royal cinnamon.

SY
12/23/2021
Sean Y.
United States United States

Satisfied

Outstanding.

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