1. Full Flavors
Rumi Spice was founded by U.S. military veterans seeking to create economic opportunities for small-scale farms in Afghanistan, where all their potent spices are grown. From $9 at www.rumispice.com.
2. Distinctive salt
This delicate, sun-baked salt from the chef-driven Spicewalla company is harvested off the coast of the Mediterranean, and it melts on the tongue like snowflakes. About $10 at www.spicewallabrand.com.
3. Standout Seasonings
If you think all spices are the same, try the single-origin seasonings from Burlap & Barrel and enjoy their superb taste. These consistently exceptional products are sourced directly from small farms around the world. From $8 at www.burlapandbarrel.com.
4. Taste Booster
These fresh, single-origin seasonings explode with flavor and nutrients. Diaspora Co. also pays farmers up to six times the market rate to ensure that their efforts are truly sustainable. From $10 at www.diasporaco.com.
5. Nuanced Blend
Earthy, lemony, and green, with a subtle heat, this piquant Bonga Spice from Curio Spice Co. pairs beautifully with meat or lentils. It also features herbs grown by women’s cooperatives in Ethiopia. $9 at www.curiospice.com.