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Charnushka is a spice that goes by many names: nigella sativa, onion seed, kaloji. Figuring out what exactly it is takes a while. It's the seed of a flower (though not an onion) that looks like something aliens dropped off on a recent visit. But as weird as it seems, and as unassuming but decidedly odd as it smells, it's an incredibly versatile spice that's easy to love. Subtle but assertive, exotic and familiar, it has all the makings of a beguiling secret ingredient.