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Add some spice to a Cape Cod jaunt

From allspice to zahtar, the shop offers more than 250 herbs, spices, essential oils,and more.

From allspice to zahtar, the shop offers more than 250 herbs, spices, essential oils,and more.

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NORTH TRURO — Need salt? At Atlantic Spice Co. you can choose from sea salt, fleur de sel, Hawaiian, Himalayan pink, and Bolivian rose, among others. Paprika comes in Hungarian, Spanish, and domestic varieties. From allspice to zahtar, the shop offers more than 250 herbs, spices, and essential oils, as well as coffee, tea blends, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, pasta, beans, rice, and grains. But the best reason to visit the industrial-looking (but fragrant) blue building near the tip of Cape Cod is the rock-bottom prices. Because it’s a wholesale company, larger packages yield the deepest discounts. Kitchen-friendly sizes of most spices cost an economical $2.50. But you can buy a pound of oregano (23 times the amount in the spice-jar “refill” size) for $6.80. Four ounces of pure vanilla extract is $5.30 (about half the supermarket price), but a pint — 16 ounces — is $13.45. The trick is to shop with a friend (or two), buy in bulk, and divvy up the goods. Take zipper-lock bags, reuse your old spice containers, or purchase inexpensive plastic jars and bottles at the store. With your savings you can splurge on the funky tableware, teapots, and gourmet kitchen tools and gadgets.

ATLANTIC SPICE CO.2 Shore Road, North Truro, 800-316-7965, www.atlanticspice.com.

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