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These local grocers and markets carry those hard-to-find spices and unique ingredients you’ll need

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Looking to whip up an exotic dish of your own at home? These local grocers and markets carry those hard-to-find spices and unique ingredients you’ll need. (Note: Some of them double as restaurants, with a small eating area inside.)

Planet Ozone

The area’s largest Mediterranean market is attached to an environmentally friendly gas station and features foods from the Middle East, as well as the organic Tabuleh Café. “Most of our products you can’t find unless you travel to Miami or Orlando,” says owner Mohammad Hussein. Such items include preservative-free hummus made from scratch, lamb and chicken kebobs, and shawarma. An on-site certified Halal butcher offers hormone- and antibiotic-free meats. 1601 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart

Polka European Market & Deli

Last August, the Tomaszewskis celebrated their tenth anniversary serving authentic Polish delicacies like golabki (cabbage stuffed with pork, veal, and rice), pierogi with 24 different fillings, and genuine Polish kielbasa (either fresh or smoked). There’s also a small restaurant inside with a selection of European beers. 3950 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach

Brazilian Food Market

This is your headquarters for all things Brazil: specialty meats such as picanha (the national steak) and chourico sausage, plus sardinhas (sardines) and favas (beans). Wash it all down with a Guaraná Antarctica, a soft drink made from a fruit native to the Amazon rainforest. 1742 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie

India Spice

If you’re homesick or just want to try your hand at Indian cuisine, head for this specialty grocery store. It carries a wide selection of both fresh and frozen foods, spices, and produce from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh—with Halal meats butchered on-site. 7145 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie

Welcome Oriental Food Market

The selection here is truly pan-Asian, with ingredients from China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines. In addition to exotic spices, fish sauces, noodles, and cooking implements, this market sells a wide variety of sushi-grade fish. 1282 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart

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