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Nigella seed

Posted by wildwatertv on January 22, 2010

This shows two different magnifications of a single seed, genus Nigella, known as love-in-a-mist.  The seeds are sometimes used in Indian cookery as a spice, and are individually about 1mm long.  they have the most extraordinary texture and a surface almost like crocodile skin. I’m working on a catalogue of microscopic images of seeds and this is so far the most beautiful one I’ve seen.  Zeiss Luminar, light microscope, Nikon 10x/2.5x Objective/photo-eyepiece.

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One Response to “Nigella seed”

  1. Con Gibbens said

    Great stuff Jules. We use nigella seeds in indian cookery – they are sometimes erroneously called onion seeds because of their superficial similar appearance. Did Nigel Lawson know about this when he named his daughter we wonder!

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