An easy to grow annual growing to 30cm with finely divided leaves. The pretty flowers are edible and make a great addition to salads. Flowers pale blue to white followed by the fruit that is a large capsule containing the seeds.
Seeds are used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines tasting like a combination of onion, black pepper and oregano.
Dry roasted seeds used to flavour curries, vegetables, pulses, salads and poultry. Also used to flavour bread, the most recognisable is Naan Bread. The oil is used as an anti-inflammatory and for pain relief. It is also reported to be anti-allergic, anti-microbial, with essential nutrients for healthy skin – vitamins A, B, & C.
Plant spring to autumn, regularly in rows and spacing 20 to 30cm between each plant. Sunny location, well drained and pH of 6-7. When used as an ornamental for its flowers, remove the spent flower heads for an extended flowering season.
Give regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed to keep the plant healthy.
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