My family member have left these seeds behind. I am not sure what is it, any one could help in identifying? I have compared to Sesame, Chia. These seeds seed have no smell and completely black if using magnifying glass to see. Chia have some white and cracks alike while sesame have its special smell. So I am not sure what it is.

Edited on 2024/3/24 I have tried taking another shot by wearing a white glove with a spotlight on the palm. It seems to look much better. I have taken two shots, one with a large quantity of the same type of seeds grouped together to compare sizes, and another with fewer seeds. Providing both images from different perspectives for a better understanding of the seeds' morphology.

unknown seed

unknown seed with spotlight large quantity

unknown seed with spotlight fewer quantity

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    How big are the seeds - the photo makes them look about the size of beans, but I suspect that they are more on the size of chia and sesame as you mention those in comments. Also - where are you in the world (Hong Kong from profile)? What seeds might be available depend heavily on where you are.
    – bob1
    Feb 25 at 20:26
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    The photo is very close up, and blurry. Folks are going to need better photos to identify. Also, are you certain that they are edible seeds?
    – FuzzyChef
    Feb 25 at 21:16
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    @bob1 it is about the size of a sesame, I am residing in Hong Kong. As far as I can remember, the most common black seed is sesame, chia. While other kind of seeds are also available such as Flax seed which is small but in brown color and in case for long storage, the bad oil smell come out due to oxidation which I have experienced before. Feb 26 at 2:13
  • @FuzzyChef It is being put into Kitchen shelf. Since food are usually grouped together so I am quite certain that it is editable. It is somewhat hard to take clear photo, I use iPhone and magnifying glass to take the photo. Do you have better suggestion or technique which I could try? Feb 26 at 2:16
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    Could be Kalonji/Nigella/Black Cumin - What does it taste like? Probably not Black Sesame as those look like White Sesame, only dark coloured. Have your family been making any Indian style dishes (curry or naan/roti?)
    – bob1
    Feb 26 at 2:27

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It's hard to be absolutely certain, but with the new photos those appear to be black sesame seeds. They don't look like nigella seeds, since they lack the ridges those seeds have.

Taste them; if they taste slightly bitter with a sesame flavor, that's what you have.

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