Wild Mountain Cumin


Wild Mountain Cumin


Foraged in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, this hand picked whole wild cumin is botanically distinct from common cumin. Sun-Dried in the mountains of Afghanistan.

The penetrating aroma and bright umami flavor is akin to grilled meats, sweet caramelized onions, dried apricots and some say, mountain air.

Ethically & sustainably sourced by Burlap & Barrel.

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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

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