Mild Indian spice, also known as onion seed and black cumin
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As expected, nigella seed has nothing to do with rabbit and / or onions. The synonyms suggest otherwise, but it is just like with za'atar, of which entire tribes think it is a kind of thyme, but okay wild forest fruit drink has nothing to do with game and / or forest.
But what is it? We quote Wikipedia ...
Despite the name "black cumin", the plant has nothing to do with the common cumin ( Cuminum cyminum ), which used to occur in every herb garden in the Netherlands . It also has nothing to do with the common chestnut ( Bunium bulbocastanum ) called "black cumin", which is cultivated in Arabia , Afghanistan , Pakistan , Kashmir and India . 
We are always a bit hesitant when it comes to medicinal and / or health-promoting aspects of foods, but for completeness we have not eliminated them ...
In the kitchen , roasted seeds are usually used because they have a nutmeg-like flavor. In Indian , Turkish , Persian , Egyptian and Greek cuisine , the seeds are used to decorate or grind bread to give flavor to meat dishes.
Black cumin has been used as a medicine since ancient times. The plant part that is most used is the seeds, especially the oil that is extracted from these seeds. In ancient Egypt one has found black cumin that was given in the tombs of nobles. Only very valuable things that were necessary for the hereafter were of course laid in these graves, showing the importance of black cumin.
Abu Huraira narrated that Muhammad would have said: "Use black cumin (Arabic: habba as-sawda), it is a cure for every disease except death". Ibn Sina (980-1037) describes this plant as an energy supplier and suitable for fatigue and depression. The applications he prescribed were both external (eczema, hair loss) and internal (such as incontinence, gallstones, constipation). This explains why to date black cumin and especially oil extracted from these seeds can be found in Islamic communities around the world.