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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.

The seeds are smaller and softer than the cumin you may be used to, and they do not need to be ground before use.


Badakhshan, Afghanistan


Black cumin, Persian cumin, kala jeera, Elwendia persica




Whole wild cumin (Bunium persicum)

Tasting notes:

Grilled Onion • Dried Apricots • Mountain Air

This made me question every taste of cumin I'd had before.
“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

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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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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Jill F.
United States United States

The most Delightfully fragrant cumin!

It doesn’t get better.

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A Burlap & Barrel Customer
United States United States

This is the best cumin ever!

I received my first jar of this as a gift, and loved it so much! Burlap & Barrel spices are more expensive than what I'd been paying, but the quality is so good that it's worth it. I wouldn't buy any other cumin.

Rose R.
United States United States


Flavor is great!

A. Peter Burleigh
United States United States

Astonishing fragrance and flavor

I’ve now used the Wild Mountain Cumin is several Indian dishes, both with meat and vegetables. And it’s clearly the best cumin I’ve bought in years.