Why these areas? Like many other plants, Nigella sativa thrives better in certain locations than others. For example, grapes can grow in just about any place in the world, but the best wines are made from grapes grown in only a few areas such as Northern California and Southern France. Over millions of years, the soil and climate in those regions developed to produce grapes that make for the best wines.
Experts have found the best Nigella sativa plants comes from Ethiopia, which in turn provide the richest and most potent Nigella seeds. BioNatal only imports Nigella seeds from a very particular region of Ethiopia. This leads to the production of natural, virgin Black Seed Oil.
While it’s not clear where the Nigella sativa plant was first cultivated for cooking and health benefits, Ethiopia is one of the places where the Kalonji is found and where the earliest modern human skeletal remains have been found. With its lush tropical regions, it is also the point from where modern humans started spreading out to the Middle East and other parts of the world. It is quite likely that these early modern humans were among the first to cultivate the plant, harvest the Nigella sativa seeds and learn how to use BSO. They were also likely the first learn about its benefits.
As early traders learned about the Black cumin seeds, it spread throughout the Eastern Mediterranean area and as far away as India and Pakistan. The Nigella sativa seeds were even found in numerous sites at archeological digs in Egypt, including the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut), who died around 1325 B.C.
So, Black cumin seeds have been around long before humans arrived on this world and is probably one of the oldest plants used for cooking and native medicine. It’s hard to pinpoint when people first started making Black Seed Oil. But, it’s mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad and is mentioned in The Bible