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.


Badakhshan, Afghanistan


Black cumin, Persian cumin, kala jeera, Elwendia persica




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


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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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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Jill F.
United States United States

The most Delightfully fragrant cumin!

It doesn’t get better.

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United States

the BEST black pepper

We learned about the wonderful aromatic qualities of black pepper from Zanzibar during a trip to that island. Burlap and Barrel pepper is the same source (they were the only people we found that import it) and just delicious. Its an entirely different experience from regular black pepper.

United States United States

Thought all cumin was the same

Until I tried this. Unbelievable flavor. Burlap f barrel always excels

Bianka P.
Canada 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! ;)