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 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
- Spinach with Cumin and Garlic
- Chicken Korma
- Mahi Mahi with Stewed Spiced Peaches
- Moong Dal with Garam Masala
- Bhopali Pilaf
- Moroccan Chicken Kebabs
- Shazia's Kabuli Pilau: Afghan Spiced Rice
- Pairs well with: Black Urfa Chili, Smoked Pimenton Paprika, Purple Stripe Garlic
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.
- Wild Mountain Cumin
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!
Much richer cumin flavor - it made my dish!
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.
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!
Really enjoy the flavor of this cumin. I have tried it only once so far, but have several recipes which call for this.