In a nutshell: These outstanding Habanero's are grown in Quebec, a long way for their Caribbean heartland. Very hot and fruity.
These outstanding Habanero's are grown in Quebec, a long way for their Caribbean heartland, by the Palardy family who have been in Montreal's Jean-Talon market for three generations, and each summer their stand is bursting with an incredible variety of vegetables and chillies. Victoire, Michel and their daughter, Élise, take great care with everything they produce, and the quality speaks to their care.
Habanero chilli is well-known as one of the hotter chillies. Originally from Havana, in the Caribbean, it is quite different from those found in central Mexico in terms of shape, scent, and its ferocity. In Yucatan, it’s often used in salsas that accompany less spicy dishes. In the Caribbean, it's known as Scotch Bonnet and can be found in numerous sauces, especially Jerk sauce in Jamaica, that enliven almost anything. But really, it can be put in any dish you want to add a serious touch of heat to. Dried in-house.
We use them when making our fiery Habanero vinegar.
Heat rating 9/10
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.