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: 100% 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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09/20/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
Fresh and delicious

Unique aroma, a real treat!

TB
09/18/2021
Thomas B.
United States United States
Super flavorful!

This cumin has so much flavor in such tiny seeds. I hope you can continue to source it given the situation in Afghanistan.

A
09/09/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
Yum!

I sprinkle it in my ground beef and sautee with garlic powder and salt and it gives amazing flavor to this dish.

CM
09/07/2021
carl m.
United States United States
First time using this Wild Mountain Cumin

It had a very fresh taste and bright aroma. when well with chicken thighs and legs.

A
08/31/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
Fantastic!

I could not be happier with these spices.

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