Wild Mountain Cumin

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  • Non-GMO, non-irradiated, plant-based, no additives, no colorings, no fillers
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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

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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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05/02/2022
Anonymous
United States

Fantastic, as always

Another great example of how fresh and noticeably more flavorful B&B spices are than anyone else's. Love to use this cumin on roasted broccoli or cauliflower, among other things!

A
04/20/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Amazing cumin!

Extremely aromatic and delicious! What more could you want in a cumin?

DL
04/20/2022
David L.
United States United States

Excellent

It's very good, quite flavorful. It doesn't seem to taste different than a high quality commercial option except that the freshness really stands out. Excellent stuff. I'll buy again.

EM
04/17/2022
Ellen m.
United States United States

Burlap and barrel

I have ordered and reordered many things and have not been disappointed with any of the wonderful products!!!

A
04/12/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Great cumin!!

Love the scent; the flavor; versatility. Use instead of ground cumin for everything.

J
04/07/2022
Julie
United States United States

Phenomenal

I made taco filling the same way I’ve made for decades. While having dinner I was trying to figure out what made them so out of the park flavorful this time. The change was using Wild Mountain Cumin. Unbelievable flood of favor. Tacos, Chili, fajitas, etc. Wish I had a wider repertoire of recipes that call for cumin. I’ll need to work on that.

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