is used for centuries, especially in its original growing regions Iraq, Turkey and West Asia, as seasoning and in medicine. Black cumin oil is obtained from the seeds of the "true" black cumin. It originates in South Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor and the Mediterranean region. Nowadays the main growing regions are Egypt, India, Russia and Turkey. The black cumin is an annual plant and can reach a hight of 30 cm. It blossoms from june to september and grows white to grey-blue flowers. In those flowers, bubble-like fruit capsules (2-3mm big), carry the seeds. They contain 0,5-1,5% essential oil and 40% fatty oil. The oil is obtained by cold pressing the seeds. The oil contains essential oils, linoleic acids, oleic acids, palmitic acids and a very small share of rare fatty acids. The essential oil protects the plant against oxidation.