In a nutshell: Svanetian salt is traditionally used to enhance meats, fish, potato dishes and soups. It’s also often found on tables, where it is used as a finishing salt.
Svaneti is the mountainous region in northwestern Georgia from which this recipe hails. To make it, a large quantity of salt and spices must be added to ground, fresh garlic, it must then be well blended before being left to dry for several days. Svanetian salt is traditionally used to enhance meats, fish, potato dishes and soups. It’s also often found on tables, where it is used as a finishing salt. Use it to perk up a simple cucumber and tomato salad, on hard-boiled or poached eggs, and on roasted and grilled vegetables. It is also brilliant when combined with butter and added to boiled potatoes. Try it also sprinkled on soft cheeses.
Details 50g; Ingredients: Sea salt, garlic, coriander, dill, blue fenugreek, chillies, marigold petals, caraway, black pepper.
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.