An indispensible annual

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Barstow
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Nice pictures of the Nigella, Rick! I've grown most of them at one time or another (currently only N. damascena) as the aromatic seed of all of them can be used in cooking, particularly on bread and savoury dishes. Nigella sativa (Black Cumin) is the main one of commerce, but the flowers are rather small and it needs a warmer climate than I can offer. The seed is often called Black Onion Seed due to their resemblence to Allium seed (no wonder the Onion-maestro likes them ;)) A very important Indian spice.

Two pictures, one of N. arvensis and the other seed pods of N. sativa...

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

RickR
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Stephenb wrote:

the aromatic seed of all of them can be used in cooking, particularly on bread and savoury dishes.

I did not know that, Stephen.  I always get a lot of seed.  (I'll send you some when the time comes, Trond.)  N. dammascena is common here.  Between that and N. hispanica, does one have better flavor, in your opinion?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Barstow
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I've never grown hispanica - I've had seed but it hasn't germinated. Actually, I don't see hispanica mentioned in the databases of edible plants that I have access to, so I imagine it's inferior to the others (or just missed).

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

RickR
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Stephenb wrote:

I've never grown hispanica - I've had seed but it hasn't germinated. Actually, I don't see hispanica mentioned in the databases of edible plants that I have access to, so I imagine it's inferior to the others (or just missed).

Hmmm, that's a little discouraging.  Likewise, I've never noticed any fragrance to the seed or any of the plant parts of my Nigella hispanica.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Hoy
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RickR wrote:

Stephenb wrote:

the aromatic seed of all of them can be used in cooking, particularly on bread and savoury dishes.

I did not know that, Stephen.  I always get a lot of seed.  (I'll send you some when the time comes, Trond.)  N. dammascena is common here.  Between that and N. hispanica, does one have better flavor, in your opinion?

:D :D ;D

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Here is our only indispensible annual... California poppy, Eschscholzia californica.  All other intentionally-planted annuals have long since been crowded out by perennials, but for this one, I reserve a spot in the sun.  Actually, our only other annuals are the neighbour's bachelor buttons and tidy tips that have made it over into our yard in great profusion despite being downwind...

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Schier
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Lori, I too always have a "flock" of California poppies, and I love them! I really do have quite a thing for poppies, and many of them being annuals. Another annual that I hate to be without - on top of the stone foundation of the homestead house, is Phacelia
campanularia, this year however I only found 2 plants! I must fling a little more seed this fall...

Faith S.   Gardening in central Alberta climate, from min. -44 c to max. 36+ C. ( not often! ) Avg. annual precip. ~ 48 cm  Altitude ~ 820 m. Have "frying pan gardens" up around the house, and also some woodland areas down the pa

Lori S.
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Oh, I like that one too, Faith!  Those blues can be just luminous in certain lights.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

auspoppies
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Fantastic poppies would you like to exchange to expand you poppy collections please contact me for a list.
Regards James

IMYoung
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the neighbour's bachelor buttons and tidy tips

I'm not familiar with these, Lori, what are they?

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

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