I just got back from a vacation in Chile and brought back with me a bag of merken, the favorite local spice. It is smoky and woodsy, made with dried and smoked goat's horn chilies. I'm in love with it and already mourning the fact that I only bought the small bag.
Makes me curious about what other unusual spices people have stumbled on over the years. Anyone else have a favorite unusual spice?
(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)