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 is hand-picked by foragers in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. They are tiny, oblong and black, with long stems. Botanically distinct from common cumin (Cuminum cyminum), 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

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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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10/24/2021
Vladimir C.
United States
Way different compared to classical cumin

Way different compared to classical cumin. Absolutely a different dimension.

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10/13/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
Wonderful!

I use Wild Mountain Cumin on grilled veggies and love it! A handful of shakes, along with other Burlap & Barrell spices, creates a lovely flavor hit of cumin that wonderfully enhances grilled veggies!

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10/12/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
Great flavor!

Much richer cumin flavor - it made my dish!

SH
10/11/2021
Suzanne H.
United States United States
Wonderful fresh spices!

For so many years I didn't "like" cumin, because it was a pale resemblance to a fresh, wonderful spice. Wild Mountain Cumin is amazing. I fell in love with it. Burlap & Barrell gives us incredible spices.

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10/11/2021
Sally
United States United States
Fragrant and luscious

Since getting our large jar of cumin, we have used it in many recipes. We eat lots of Middle East foods and this cumin is so much more luscious than store-bought cumin. I also make a mean chili bean dish and this cumin bumps it up a level. Highly recommend this cumin!

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