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
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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Just by the smell you can tell this is something else! Used is to make some spicy cumin carrots and it was amazing! It's gonna be hard to finish the left over cumin from the store now! ;)
Incredible - I use it in my Indian dishes, Mexican, chilis, soups…pretty much everything! Maybe my most used spice now
The best cumin ever
Indispensable -- glad I received extra jars as gifts, I go through them so quickly.
I love all of my B&B spices, but I go through this cumin like it's going out of style. When people ask why my food tastes so exceptionally good, I'd like to keep the spices as my own little secret - but when the responsible sourcing and service experience is this good, you have to share it with the world!
Better than ground
I was skeptical but Wild Mountain Cumin is a next level ingredient. You’ll notice the difference.
B&B Wild Mountain Cumin
We first received a jar of this spice as a gift. The cumin quickly became one of my favorite fragrances, one that merited a sniff just as a pick-me-up. Thus, once more, I ran out of it—and much more rapidly than any other type/brand of cumin we had tried in the past. This time, I knew enough to buy B&B’s large, economy-sized jug of cumin. With my new cumin-security plan in place, I feel confident in the next months’ cooking vitality!