Kitchens are opening up to the world’s cuisines – we’re far beyond the days of dried basil and oregano, when bay leaves and curry powder were about as exotic as you got in the grocery store spice aisle. With a boost in ethnic diversity and an increased demand for exotic ingredients at home, more and more spices are becoming available, and boutique spice shops are popping up for those interested in sourcing the very best. Spices – and spice blends – are a great way to boost flavour in your cooking without adding fat or calories – finding a few great ones can add depth to everything from meat to veggies to beverages. Here are a dozen you may not be familiar with – all are worth getting to know a little better.
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