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Feb 6, 2013 03:00 PM

Merken (Chilean spice blend)

Anyone knows where to find some?

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  1. I have no idea, but I would begin my search at Boucherie St-Viateur. It's owned by Chileans and sells a lot of products from the Southern Cone.

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    1. re: SnackHappy

      Try calling the shop Spice Station, they only sell spices.

      They seem to have everything and they introduced me to Berber spice which is amazing.

    2. Always check with "Olives & Épices" at Marché Jean-Talon.

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      1. re: Maximilien

        I just looked on the Epices de Cru site and they don't list merkén amongst their products.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          I know, but they have so many different spice blends that they can probably substitute it with something similar.

      2. I've found some! Indeed, at Boucherie St-Viateur: 88, rue Beaubien Est, Montréal, 514 276-6759

        It is packed in small transparent plastic tubs the way foods in bulk places often are. If you can't find it, just ask the owners and staff.

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        1. re: lagatta

          I am curious as I like making different kinds of foods; what is the spice used for?

          1. re: williej

            There is a wikipedia entry:

   and this is the first article in English I turned up:

            Note that the proper spelling is merkén, the acute accent means that the stress is on the last syllable.

            If you turn up any results with a slightly racy meaning, it is because they were written by people who can't spell...

            1. re: lagatta

              It says it has coriander in it; is that the seed or the green leaf? The latter--ich, I cannot have at all! The former is fine.

              1. re: williej

                I believe it is the seed, but from what I can see of the merkén at Boucherie St-Viateur, it seems to be nothing but the pepper itself, no coriander seed. Ask them.