Thursday, June 2, 2016
Nigella is in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. It's a native of the Mediterranean region and the species name refers to Damascus, Syria. If Donald Trump should be elected - perish the thought - maybe he'll deport all things Syrian. And build a wall so no more will enter.
The generic name, Nigella, is the diminutive of niger, a Latin word for black. This refers to the black seeds. From them, we get still another name in the culinary realm, black cumin. So, my answer to the bard's famous question "What's in a name?" is "plenty."