Nigella, ketzach, charnushka, kaloji, black cumin, black caraway, onion seed, and many other noms de plume—this is one of the world's most complex spices.

A few flavor notes come to mind: earthy, pungent, bitter, sweet, buttery, anise, peppery, floral... But slow your roll. Don't forget this is pistachio halva. Beautiful, glamorous, Santa Barbara Pistachios play no supporting role in this musical; they've got top billing, right up there in perfect harmony with that ever-so-complex nigella.

Fair warning: many people have become enamored with this halva.

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