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The Most Uncommon Spices (with Latin Names)

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While most of the good spices out there have already been indexed and are part of various cuisines, some herbs and spices are still used locally, even if they can add spectacular flavors to our food. Here's a list with the most uncommon ones.

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Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta) Report Abuse
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A strong and well-defined African aroma. It's extremely specific and it can enrich just about any meal.
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Jimbu (Allium hypsistum) Report Abuse
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Hops (Humulus lupulus) Report Abuse
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Apart from its main use, it can be ideal for soft carbonated drinks.
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Szechuan pepper (Zanthoxylum simulans) Report Abuse
This one should rank high, although it is common to some regions in China. It was and is used just like black pepper, but there's no taxonomic connection between this plant and the regular black pepper. It has a very complex aroma and is excellent for pork, chicken meat and veal.
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Sicklefruit fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) Report Abuse
Other varieties, like blue fenugreek may qualify for the same position. It may be found in Mediterranean cuisines, but it used to be much more popular in the past than it is today.
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Ajowan (Trachyspermum ammi) Report Abuse
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This one is a great idea for lentil salads. It originates from the Far East and India, where it is used locally.
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Zedoary (Curcuma zedoaria) Report Abuse
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Woodruff (Galium odoratum) Report Abuse
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Winter savory (Satureja montana) Report Abuse
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Salep (Orchis mascula) Report Abuse
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Used for a beverage specific to Eastern Europe. It has a strong, long-lasting flavor.
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Ramsons (Allium ursinum) Report Abuse
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Yellow Elderberry (Sambucus australasica) Report Abuse
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Asarabacca (Asarum europaeum) Report Abuse
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Asafoetida (Ferula assafoetida) Report Abuse
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Quassia (Quassia amara) Report Abuse
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Perilla (Perilla frutescens) Report Abuse
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Pandanus (Pandanus aldabraensis) Report Abuse
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Mahlab (Prunus mahaleb) Report Abuse
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Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Report Abuse
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Borage (Borago officinalis) Report Abuse
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Great for soups and broths.
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Boldo (Peumus boldus) Report Abuse
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