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.

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

What they're saying

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

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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09/09/2020
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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BP
06/21/2022
Bianka P.
Canada

Great discovery

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! ;)

SB
06/16/2022
Samantha B.
United States United States

Best Cumin

Incredible - I use it in my Indian dishes, Mexican, chilis, soups…pretty much everything! Maybe my most used spice now

K
06/12/2022
Kate
United States United States

The best cumin ever

Indispensable -- glad I received extra jars as gifts, I go through them so quickly.

B
06/07/2022
Becky
United States United States

Obsessed!

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!

A
06/05/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Better than ground

I was skeptical but Wild Mountain Cumin is a next level ingredient. You’ll notice the difference.

SP
06/04/2022
Sandra P.
United States United States

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!

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